Durkheim's Sociology of Religion

Themes and Theories

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Author: W. S. F. Pickering

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 0227172973

Category: Religion

Page: 577

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Religion is central to Durkheim's theory of society, and his work laid most of the foundations of the sociology of religion. Daring and brilliant though his analysis was, its bold claims and questionable premises has made it the subject of ongoing academic debate. Durkheim's work on the subject reached a peak with the publication in 1912 of what turned out to be a classic in its field, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. No other book has explained Durkheim's views on religion using the whole corpus of his writings. Dr Pickering shows how Durkheim's position developed and explains the themes and theories that run through Durkheim's work. This includes Durkheim's attitude towards secularisation and Christian churches, as well as his notion of the contemporary cult of the individual.

The Sociology of Religion

Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives

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Author: Malcolm B. Hamilton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134976267

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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This clear introduction to the sociology of religion combines a discussion of key theorists with a modern emphasis on the diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Malcolm Hamilton's expanded second edition brings the discussion fully up-to-date, and extends its material on secularization and religious sects, giving a broad comparative view. Drawing on the insights of history, anthropology and sociology, he surveys classic and contemporary theory to give a full picture of the variety and scope of theoretical perspectives.

Social Functions of Synagogue Song

A Durkheimian Approach

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Author: Jonathan L. Friedmann

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739168312

Category: Music

Page: 187

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Social Functions of Synagogue Song: A Durkheimian Approach by Jonathan L. Friedmann paints a detailed picture of the important role sacred music plays in Jewish religious communities. Drawing upon the work of Émile Durkeim, the book examines how synagogue songs serve disciplinary, cohesive, revitalizing, and euphoric functions.

Die Grenzen der Individualisierung

handlungstheoretische Grundlagen einer Zeitdiagnose

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Author: Sibylle van der Walt

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 9783593373515

Category: Individualism

Page: 231

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Religion

The Social Context, Fifth Edition

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Author: Meredith B. McGuire

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 147860963X

Category: Social Science

Page: 413

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In this insightful examination of religions in their local and global context, the author shows how analyzing religions social context helps us understand individuals lives, social movements, national and ethnic politics, and widespread social changes. Well-researched and theory-based, the text is filled with intriguing anecdotes, empirical data, thought-provoking discussions of both mainstream and nonofficial religions, and historical and contemporary examples that illustrate the interplay between religion and society across cultures. This volume takes an integrated approach to examining religion and includes cross-cultural, historical, and methodological viewpoints. Readers will learn to identify the complex interactions between religion and societal contexts, as well as the ways in which these interactions shape individuals, communities, national politics, and the world.

The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity

A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation

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Author: James C. Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199880336

Category: History

Page: 272

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While historians of Christianity have generally acknowledged some degree of Germanic influence in the development of early medieval Christianity, Russell goes further, arguing for a fundamental Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. This first full-scale treatment of the subject follows a truly interdisciplinary approach, applying to the early medieval period a sociohistorical method similar to that which has already proven fruitful in explicating the history of Early Christianity and Late Antiquity. The encounter of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from within the larger context of the encounter of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" religious movements. While the first part of the book develops a general model of religious transformation for such encounters, the second part applies this model to the Germano-Christian scenario. Russell shows how a Christian missionary policy of temporary accommodation inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

Durkheim, the Durkheimians, and the Arts

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Author: Alexander Tristan Riley,William Watts Miller,W.S.F. Pickering

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 085745918X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Using a broad definition of the Durkheimian tradition, this book offers the first systematic attempt to explore the Durkheimians' engagement with art. It focuses on both Durkheim and his contemporaries as well as later thinkers influenced by his work. The first five chapters consider Durkheim's own exploration of art; the remaining six look at other Durkheimian thinkers, including Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, Maurice Halbwachs, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Michel Leiris, and Georges Bataille. The contributors-scholars from a range of theoretical orientations and disciplinary perspectives-are known for having already produced significant contributions to the study of Durkheim. This book will interest not only scholars of Durkheim and his tradition but also those concerned with aesthetic theory and the sociology and history of art.

The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

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Author: Peter Clarke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199279791

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1046

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An expert team of international scholars provide fifty-one essays as entry points into the sociological study and understanding of religion and in-depth surveys into its changing forms and content in the contemporary world. Issues discussed range from ecology to law, art to cognitive science, crime to health care.

Sociological Theory

Classical Statements

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Author: David Ashley,David Michael Orenstein

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 487

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"Each chapter focuses on one theorist and his ideas, organized into a social and historical perspective. Students will enjoy reading the background information on each theorist covered in the book. These include such interesting highlights as Comte's days in military school, the death of Durkheim's son in World War I, Spencer's inability to commit to marriage, and Hegel's illegitimate son. Taking a critical and reflexive approach, the text also discusses how classical theory affects sociology today."--Publisher's website.

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life

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Author: Émile Durkheim

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192832559

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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The need and capacity of men and women to relate socially lies at the heart of Durkheim's exploration, in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe."--BOOK JACKET.

Theories of Religion

A Reader

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Author: Seth Daniel Kunin,Jonathan Miles-Watson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813539652

Category: Religion

Page: 524

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This book provides a comprehensive selection of readings that relate to and explore the definition of religion. The texts come from a wide range of approaches, unified both by the questions they address and their broadly social scientific perspective. The disciplines covered include anthropology, phenomenology, psychology and sociology. The editors have also included some key texts relating to the feminist approach to and critique of religion. The initial section of the book includes some of the foundational texts, such as materials by Marx, Freud, and Durkheim. The remaining sections look at more recent discussions of the issues from the different disciplinary perspectives. Each reading is introduced by a biographical sketch of the author. The book also includes introductory discussions to each section that both raise the key issues developed in a particular discipline and address the disciplinary approaches from a more critical stance. Theories of Religion: A Reader is an invaluable critical resource, accessible to a broad audience as well as students of theology and religious studies.Seth D. Kunin, dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Durham, is author of Religion: the Modern Theories, coeditor of A Companion to Religious Studies and Theology, and editor of Themes and Issues in Judaism. Jonathan Miles-Watson is lecturer in anthropology at the University of Wales Swansea.

An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

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Author: Inger Furseth,Pål Repstad

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754656586

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion provides an overview of sociological theories of contemporary religious life. Some chapters are organized according to topic. Others offer brief presentations of classical and contemporary sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their perspectives on social life, including religion. Throughout the book, illustrations and examples are taken from several religious traditions.

Durkheim and the Birth of Economic Sociology

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Author: Philippe Steiner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 249

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Steiner argues that there two stages in Durkheim's approach to the economy-a sociological critique of political economy and a sociology of economic knowledge. In his early works, Durkheim critiques economists and their categories, and tries to analyze the division of labor from a social rather than economic perspective. From the mid-1890's onward, Durkheim's preoccupations shifted to questions of religion and the sociology of knowledge. --

Religionssoziologie um 1900

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Author: Volkhard Krech,Hartmann Tyrell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion and sociology

Page: 377

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Handbook of Social Theory

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Author: George Ritzer,Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 552

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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t