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Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion

Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, and David Smilde

Abstract

The thirteen chapters in this volume offer a challenge to conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement with religion's complex social consequences. By expanding conceptual categories, the chapters reveal how aspects of the religious have always been part of allegedly non-religious spaces and show how, by attending to these intellectual blind spots, we can understand aspects of identity, modernity, and institutional li ... More

Keywords: sociology of religion, social consequences, non-religious spaces, identity, modernity, institutional life, the self, pluralism, methodologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199938629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938629.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney Bender, editor
Columbia University

Wendy Cadge, editor
Brandeis University

Peggy Levitt, editor
Wellesley College

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Introduction Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering

Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, and David Smilde

Part one Rethinking Categories: Theoretical Approaches

6 Pluralism and Secularism

Courtney Bender

Part Two Exemplary Cases: Empirical Examinations

Conclusion: Working the Edges

Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, and David Smilde

End Matter