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Future for Religion?: New Paradigms for Social Analysis

by Swatos Jr W SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 214 pages
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In the 1960s many sociologists proclaimed traditional religion to be iin its death throes. But, just as secularization gained nearly universal acceptance among scholars, religious resurgence burst forth from many directions - new religious movements, evangelical and charismatic Christianity, revival of Orthodox Judaism, growth of Islamic fundamentalism, and many more. A Future for Religion? asks that if such dynamic forces are at work, is religion dying? William H Swatos Jr and other leading scholars in the field discuss areas traditionally excluded from sociology of religion books. Religious experience, emotional renewal, religion and the body, comparative analyses, the links between religion and politics, social movements, and immigration. Each chapter summarizes that particular direction, provides data from current research, and offers an agenda for future research.

Introduction - William H Swatos, Jr
New Social Movement Theory and the Sociology of Religion - John A Hannigan
Synergies and Syntheses
Global Fundamentalism - Frank Lechner
Religion, Class Conflict and Social Justice - Eugen Schoenfeld
Religion in Capitalist East Asia - Joseph B Tamney
Liberation Theology in Latin America and Beyond - W E Hewitt
Religion and the New Immigrants - Peter Kivisto
For a Sociology of Religious Experience - James V Spickard
Present-Day Emotional Renewals - Danièle Hervieu-Léger
The End of Secularization or the End of Religion?
Religion and the Body - John H Simpson
Sociological Themes and Prospects
Inequality and Difference - Mary Jo Neitz
Feminist Research in the Sociology of Religion
Back to the Future - William H Swatos, Jr
Applying Sociology of Religion