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Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion - Andrew McKinnon

Year 2014


List of ContributorsIntroduction. Thinking Theoretically in the Sociology of ReligionReligion in Sociology's Core ClassicsRecent Developments in British Sociology of ReligionThe Current VolumeReferencesPART I. The State of the Art and Science of the Sociology of ReligionChapter 1. Thinking Sociologically about Religion: A Step Change in the Debate?Evidence of ChangeNew InitiativesNew QuestionsReferencesChapter 2. What Sort of Social Theory Would Benefit the Sociology of Religion?IntroductionThe Nature of Social TheoryTheory in the Study of ReligionWhat Sort of Theory Should We Use?ConclusionReferencesPART II. History and ReligionChapter 3. The Axial Age Religions: The Debate and its Legacy for Contemporary SociologyIntroduction: Classical Sociology of ReligionKarl Jaspers, Max Weber and the Axial AgeWeber, Universalism and ChinaConclusion: A Future for the Sociology of Religion?ReferencesChapter 4. Hope and ReligionIntroductionThe Supernatural, Ritual and UncertaintyThe Hereafter and its RewardsThe Dialectic of the Popular and the EruditeLatin America: The Dialectic Transcended in a Time of Both Religious Revival and SecularizationThe Secularization of Religious Reason in Liberation TheologyThe Dialectic Transcended: Beyond Popular ReligionExchange in a Secularized Religious SettingRitual PromiscuitySaying the UnsaidReferencesChapter 5. The Sacramental Mechanism: Religion and the Civilizing Process in Christian Western Europe with Particular Reference to the Peace of God Movement and its AftermathReligion and the Civilizing ProcessThe Civilizing ProcessPax Dei and its ReverberationsThe Sacramental Mechanism and the Prohibition of ViolenceConclusionAcknowledgmentsReferencesPART III. Religion and ModernityChapter 6. Religion and Monetary Culture in the Sociology of Georg SimmelIntroductionMoney/Religion ComplexMoney/Society EquationSimmel's Concept of ReligionGod as a Symbol of SocietySimmel and DurkheimGod/Money EquationMammonismCapitalism as ReligionAcknowledgementReferencesChapter 7. Putting Baby Back in the Bath: Theorising Modernity for the Contemporary Sociology of ReligionThe Problem at HandModernity in the DockMultiple ModernitiesDeproblematising ModernityPutting Baby Back in the BathConclusionReferencesPART IV. Ethnographies of Listening to Churches: aesthetics and rationalityChapter 8. Playing the Sensual Card in Churches: Studying the Aestheticization of ReligionIntroductionA Broad Perspective on the Aestheticization of ReligionStudying Multimodal ReligionChristmas Concerts: An Evocative RitualAestheticization: The Social ContextDifferent Situations Call for Different Methodological SensitivitiesBrief Concluding RemarksReferencesChapter 9. Listening Subjects, Rationality and ModernityListening, Meaning and ModernityLearning to ListenListening as the Practice of RationalityConclusionAcknowledgementsReferencesPART V. Power, Gender and DiscourseChapter 10. Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Sociology of ReligionCritical Sociology of Religion and the Importance of DiscourseUnderstanding DiscourseBeing CriticalThe Embeddedness of DiscourseCritical Discourse Analysis in the Sociology of ReligionOpium of the People - and MoreReligion as Legitimate IdentityThe Discursive Dialectics of SecularisationConclusionReferencesChapter 11. Beyond Habitus: Researching Gender and Religion through the Ontology of Social RelationsBourdieu and GenderFeminist Critique of Masculine DominationBeyond Structure and Agency: Critical Hermeneutics in the Study of Religion and GenderStudying Religion and Gender with (and against) BourdieuTowards an Ontology of Social Relations in the Study of Gender and ReligionReferences
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