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Religion on the EdgeDe-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion$
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Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, and David Smilde

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199938629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938629.001.0001

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Beyond the Strong Program in the Sociology of Religion

Beyond the Strong Program in the Sociology of Religion

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Religion on the Edge

David Smilde

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the issue of cultural autonomy as it relates to our portrayals of religion. First, it looks at the recent move toward a more robust view of religion and culture. Then it considers at some of the critiques of the idea of cultural autonomy that have taken place over the last few decades. Finally, it reviews some alternatives for understanding the causal impact of religious culture.

Keywords:   cultural autonomy, religion, religious culture, religious portrayals

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