Why is religion still important? Can we be fully modern and fully religious?
In this new edition, Davie follows up her discussion of the meaning of religion in modern society and considers how best to research and understand this relationship. Exploring the rapid movements within the sociology of religion today, this revised and updated book:
* Describes the origins of the sociology of religion
* Demystifies secularization as a process and a theory
* Relates religion to modern social theory
* Unpacks the meaning of religion in relation to modernity and globalization
* Grasps the methodological challenges in the field
* Provides a comparative perspective for religions in the west
* Introduces questions of minorities and margins
* Sets out a critical agenda for debate and research
The Sociology of Religion has already proved itself as one of the most important titles within the field; this edition will ensure that it remains an indispensable resource for students and researchers alike.
GRACE DAVIE is professor emeritus in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Exeter UK and a senior adviser to the Impact of Religion Research Programme at Uppsala University. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association (2002-06). In 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor at Uppsala, where she returned for extended visits in 2006-7, 2010 and 2012, receiving an honorary degree in 2008. She has also held visiting appointments at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1996) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1998 and 2003), both in Paris. In addition to numerous chapters and articles, she is the author of Religion in Britain since 1945 (Blackwell 1994), Religion in Modern Europe (OUP 2000), Europe: the Exceptional Case (DLT 2002), and The Sociology of Religion (Sage 2007/2013); she is the co-author of Religious America, Secular Europe (Ashgate 2008), and co-editor of Predicting Religion (Ashgate 2003) and Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe (2 vols) (Ashgate 2010 and 2011). More information about her latest book: Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox (Wiley-Blackwell 2015) can be found on http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405135964.html. Contact details: Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Exeter, EX4 4RJ. G.R.C.Davie@exeter.ac.uk
Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction: A Critical Agenda PART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES Common Sources/Different Pathways Secularization: Process and Theory Rational Choice Theory Modernity: A Single or Plural Construct? Methodological Challenges PART TWO: SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES Mainstream Religions in the Western World Minorities and Margins Demanding Attention: Fundamentalisms in the Modern World Globalization and the Study of Religion Religion and the Everyday Conclusion: Revisiting the Agenda