New book from SAGE:
Religion, Culture and Society: A Global Approach
by Andrew Singleton (Monash University).
This is a rich and dynamic introduction to the varieties of religious life and the central issues in the sociology of religion today. It leads the reader through the key ideas and main debates within the field as well as offering in-depth descriptions and analysis of topics such as secularization, fundamentalism, Pentecostal Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, atheism, â€˜The spiritual marketplaceâ€™, digital religion and new religions like Wicca.
Emphasising religion as a global phenomenon, examining especially the ways in which globalization has had an impact on everyday religious life, Singleton has created an illuminating text suitable for students in a wide range of courses looking at religion as a social and cultural field.
"The reader is taken on a global exploration of the forms and diversities of religions and their social and cultural contexts… It is up to the minute in research and theory, and comfortably grounded in the traditions of the social explanation of things religious and spiritual."
– Gary Bouma AM, Monash University
" A very nice introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduate students and non-academic readers…Theoretically informed, substantively rich, and easy reading, I recommend Singletonâ€™s book as a valuable orientation to the sociological study of religion."
– Christian Smith University of Notre Dame
"Tells how sociology of religion originated in the work of key nineteenth and twentieth century theorists and then brings the story into the present era of globalization, hybrid spirituality, and the Internet. Students of religion will find this an engaging and informative survey of the field."
– Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University
"It considers the â€˜big questionsâ€™ – What is religion? How is religion changing in a modern world? What is the future of religion? â€“ and addresses them through tangible case studies and observations of contemporary life. Its global perspective reflects the breadth, diversity and vibrancy of this field."
– Sylvia Collins-Mayo, Kingston University
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