The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

@inproceedings{Clarke2009TheOH,
  title={The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion},
  author={Peter Bernard Clarke},
  year={2009}
}
I: THEORY: CLASSICAL, MODERN AND POSTMODERN I: METHOD III: RELIGION AND RELATED SPHERES: MORALITY, SCIENCE, IRRELIGION, ART AND SEXUALITY IV: RELIGION AND THE STATE, THE NATION, THE LAW V: GLOBALISATION AND ITS RELIGIOUS EFFECTS VI: STANDARD OR MAINSTREAM RELIGION VII: THE REPRODUCTION AND TRANSMISSION OF RELIGION VIII: NEW RELIGION, NEW SPIRITUALITY AND IMPLICIT RELIGION XI: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES X: TEACHING THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 
North American sociology of religion: Critique and prospects
We assess the current state of sociology of religion, particularly in the United States, for the extent to which a “critical sociology of religion” currently exists and how it might look if it did.
Religion and contemporary sociological theories
In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the sociology of religion enjoyed a remarkable growth in both theory and empirical research. The scholarly consensus argues that the early secularization
Defining religion: a practical response
After addressing the post-modern argument that defining religion is impossible, bad or both, the case is made that functional definitions of religion are generally not definitions but assertions
Popular and lived religions
This article discusses the sociological understanding of popular religion by first exploring the theories of Gramsci. It then critiques this approach by arguing that the social construction of
Introduction: Why a handbook on religion in context?
This volume collects contributions that contextualize religions in their global multiplicity that is in regard to their social configurations and in relation to broader dynamics of change. The
The contextualization of definitions of religion
The author insists on the need to take the social-structural context into account to evaluate the existing types of definitions of religion. Proposing a definition for the Western hemisphere, he then
Religion and Education: Framing and Mapping a Field
This publication makes the case for ‘religion and education’ as a distinct, but cross-disciplinary, field of inquiry. To begin with, consideration is given to the changing dynamic between ‘religion
Tangible transformations in a Japanese new religion
This article aims to explore the concept of conversion by means of the transformative practices of Mahikari, a Japanese new religion. Examining current theories in the sociology of conversion, it
Glocal Religions
This introductory article offers an overview of the volume’s major problematic. It examines the literature on religion and globalization and then moves on to an overview of the literature on religion
Multiple Modernities: The Role of World Religions in an Emerging Paradigm
Abstract This article contributes to the emerging multiple modernities thesis and its treatment of world religions. Using a cross-continent comparison of evangelical Pentecostalism, it argues that
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