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Sociology of Religion

An Historical Introduction, 1st Edition

Edited by Roberto Cipriani


278 pages

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In adopting an international perspective that goes beyond the conventional framework of western theology, this volume bridges the divide between European and North American scholars through its careful retrieval of their common theoretical and research interests. Cipriani provides a critical analysis of both classical thought and contemporary currents in this readable text, aimed at both experts and students. He has achieved a broadening in the scientific approach to the study of religion.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
About the Author
Introduction to the Transaction Edition: Ideology, Social Constructionism, and the Sociology of Religion by Howard Schneiderman
Preface to the English Edition
The Sociological Definition of Religion

Part I The Origins
1. The Historical-Philosophical Background
2. August Comte (1798–1857): The Universal Religion
3. Tocqueville (1805–1859): Religion and Democracy
4. Bergson (1859–1941): Religion and "elan Vital"
5. The Contribution of Anthropology

Part II The Classics
1. Durkheim (1858–1917): Religious Forms
2. Weber (1864–1920): Universal Religions
3. Simmel (1858–1918): Religiosity and Religion
4. Freud (1856–1939): The Psychic Dimension of Religion
5. William James (1842–1910): Psychosocial Perspective

Part III The Contemporaries
1. Religion as Universal
2. The Macrosociological Approach
3. The Historical-Cultural Dynamics
4. The Frankfurt School and Religion
5. The New European Perspectives
6. The Socioanthropological Perspectives

Part IV The Recent Developments
1. Secularization
2. Religious Pluralism
3. Robert Bellah (1927–2013): Civil Religion
4. North American Trends
5. The European Trends
6. Niklas Luhmann (1927–1998): Religion as Function
7. The New Religious Movements

Author Index
General Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General