Religion in a Changing World

Religion in a Changing World : Comparative Studies in Sociology

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Twenty-eight scholars, many of them well known in the sociology of religion, examine a variety of faith traditions and sociological topics that illustrate the connection between religion and society in many different countries at the dawn of the 21st century. The faith traditions include Judaism, Roman Catholicism, evangelical and mainstream Protestantism, Islam, Hinduism, Yuruba religion, Chinese religion, and several new religious movements, including a UFO cult in Quebec.

The book will be of interest to scholars in the sociology of religion, but a special feature is its utility as a reader in undergraduate and graduate courses. The topics represent the range usually presented in a course in the sociology of religion: individual religiosity, religious identity, conversion, plausibility structure, community, church and sect, religious leadership, organizational analysis, new religious movements, race, gender, religion and politics, and the relationship of religion to social order and social change.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 164.59 x 243.59 x 25.4mm | 594.21g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0275960781
  • 9780275960780

Table of contents

Introduction Individual Religion, Choice, and Identity Switching in American Religion: Denominations, Markets, and Paradigms? by N.J. Demerath III and Yonghe Yang The "Return" to Traditional Judaism in the United States, Russia, and Israel by M. Herbert Danzger From West Africa to Brooklyn: Yoruba Religion Among African Americans by Mary Cuthrell Curry Identity Reconstruction and Empowerment of South Asian Immigrant Women in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand by Helen Ralston Religious Views of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers in the United States by Dean Hoge, Benton Johnson, and Donald A. Luidens Gender and Jewish Identity Among Twenty-Somethings in the United States by Debra Renee Kaufman Canadian Evangelical Church Women and Responses to Family Violence by Nancy Nason-Clark Religious Organization The Inverted Norm: The Formation and Functioning of Racially Mixed Christian Congregations in South Africa by David Venter The Variety of Hindu Priests and Assistants: A Brief Introduction by Bradley R. Hertel Catholic Deacons: A Lesson in Role Conflict and Ambiguity by Frank R. DeRego, Jr. and James D. Davidson Attitudes to Women's Ordination in Protestant Congregations in the United States, Britain, and Australia by Edward C. Lehman, Jr. Latinos and Latinas in the Catholic Church: Cohesion and Conflict by Gilbert R. Cadena Mission Churches and Church-Sect Theory: Seventh-Day Adventists in Africa by Ronald Lawson Russia's Religious Market: Struggling with the Heritage of Russian Orthodox Monopoly by Jerry G. Pankhurst The Raelians Are Coming!: The Future of a UFO Religion by Susan Palmer Religion, Political Order, and Social Change Religions, and Regimes in China by Graeme Lang Diversities and Discontinuities in the Islamic Response to Modernity by Mansoor Moaddel The Sanctified Church and the Color Line: Reorganization, Social Change, and the African American Religious Experience by Cheryl Townsend Gilkes Beating Back the Enemy: How Venezuelan Pentecostals Think About Social Change by David A. Smilde Religion and Social Activism: The Grassroots Catholic Church in Brazil by Madeleine Cousineau Pragmatism and Its Discontents: The Evolution of the Christian Right in the United States by Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox New Religions in Australia: Cultural Diffusion in Action by Gary D. Bouma The Earth Is Sacred: Ecological Concerns in American Wicca by Helen A. Berger Suggestions for Further Reading Index
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"The book would serve well as a supplementary reader to a textbook-based undergraduate course. Each essay is brief and clearly written, coming quickly to nuanced conclusions."-Choice ?The book would serve well as a supplementary reader to a textbook-based undergraduate course. Each essay is brief and clearly written, coming quickly to nuanced conclusions.?-Choice
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About Madeleine Cousineau

MADELEINE COUSINEAU is Professor of Sociology at Mount Ida College and a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research has focused mainly on religion and social change in Latin America. She is the author of Promised Land: Base Christian Communities and the Struggle for the Amazon and Opting for the Poor: Brazilian Catholicism in Transition as well as articles and book chapters. She has served on the executive councils of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association.
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