Family, Religion and Social Change in Diverse Societies

Family, Religion and Social Change in Diverse Societies

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Family and religion face myriad challenges in the modern age. Many social theorists have thought that these institutions would be greatly weakened or eliminated in the course of modernization. However. this book rejects this orientation and demonstrates that both - no matter how they themselves may be undergoing significant transformations are nevertheless well rooted in societies throughout the world. Religion, in league with family, shows signs of persistence and vitality that do not fit either the secularization thesis or the family thesis. Though the importance of religion and family is manifested in different ways and different contexts, these institutions are important virtually everywhere in fundamental ways and in both the public and private spheres. The fourteen essays in this volume, authored by an international group of scholars in sociology and anthropology, are complex analyses of social change processes occurring within particular societies. Taking an inter-institutional perspective, each explores in a concrete context, the special linkage between religion and family and the interconnections between them and other institutions. The studies include consideration of societies on five continents with coverage of a wide variety of religions and family patterns. This book is ideal for a wide variety of courses, including Sociology of Family and Sociology of Religion on both the upper undergraduate level and the graduate more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195131185
  • 9780195131185

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; Chapter 1 The Implications of the Religion - Family Linkage for Social Change ; I: SOCIETAL CONFLICT AND ACCOMODATION ; Chapter 2 Religion and Family in Modern American Culture ; Chapter 3 Social Change in Egypt: The Roles of Religion and Family ; Chapter 4 Family and Religion in Sweden ; Chapter 5 Religion and Family Formation in Taiwan: The Decline of Ancestral Authority ; II: DRAMATIC SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION ; Chapter 6 Belarus on the Cusp of Change: The Relationship Between Religion and Family in a Newly Open Religious Market "We Don't Celebrate Christmas, We Just Give Gifts": Adaptations to Migration and Social Change Among Muslim, and Sikh Children in England ; IV: ECONOMIC FACTORS AS A FORCE FOR CHANGE ; Chapter 12 Land of the Rising Son? Domestic Organization, Ancestor Worship, and Economic Change in Japan ; Chapter 13 A Woman's Pillow and the Political Economy of Kedjom Family in Cameron ; V: GENDER AND SOCIAL CHANGE ; Chapter 14 Women, Family and Catholicism in Brazil: The Issue of Power ; Chapter 15 Converted Women Redefining Their Family Roles in Mexicoshow more