A cultural sociology of religion: New directions

  title={A cultural sociology of religion: New directions},
  author={Penny A Edgell},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
In this article, I review three contemporary streams of scholarship that are revitalizing the cultural analysis of religion, an approach that dates to the discipline's founding. Research from an institutional field perspective focuses on the institutions that shape religious belief, practice, and mobilization. Work on lived religion, including neo-Durkheimian approaches, focuses on religious experience and contested practices of sacralization. Scholarship on religious cultural tools and… 
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