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Religion in Western Society

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 243
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Sociology for a Changing World

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Paperback - 9780333945926

20 March 2002

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14 March 2017

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This book offers a comprehensive account of the nature and expression of contemporary forms of religion in Western societies. Drawing both on recent original work and classical and contemporary conceptual frameworks, it...

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This book offers a comprehensive account of the nature and expression of contemporary forms of religion in Western societies. Drawing both on recent original work and classical and contemporary conceptual frameworks, it examines the beliefs, practices, patterns of organisation and significant trends in both mainstream and fringe religions including cults and quasi-religions. Competing arguments and theories about key developments are treated fully and fairly and there is a clear sense throughout of the social context. The approach is broadly sociological and the well-paced, jargon-free writing style and clearly sectioned chapters make this an ideal text for teaching and study purposes, both in sociology and religious studies. Amongst the themes and concerns covered are:* what we mean in the first place by religion* secularisation and new expressions of religiosity* the effect of religion on society and the relationship between religion and social change* the links between belief, belonging and social identity* contemporary Christianity and the religions of ethnic minorities in the West * globalisation, religious pluralism and postmodernitySTEPHEN J. HUNT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of West of England, Bristol. He has written widely on contemporary Christianity and new religious movements.

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Offers a compact and jargonfree account of contemporary religion
Treats competing theories fully and fairly and deals with new and standard topics in sensible proportion
Contains excellent coverage of a number of topics not adequately dealt with in competing texts, including globalisation, fundamentalism, cults and popular religiosity
Neatly sectioned up to maximise accessibility

Religion in the West: A Sociological Perspective
Secularisation and the 'Decline' of Religion
The Resurgence of Religion?
Western Religion in the Global Context
Religion: Change and Stability in Western Societies
Belief, Practice and Belonging
Challenges to Western Christianity
Sectarianism and Fundamentalism
Cults and the New Religiosity
The New Religions: Issues and Controversies
The Religions of Ethnic Minorities in the West
Popular Forms of Religiosity
Conclusion.

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STEPHEN HUNT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of West of England. He has written widely on contemporary Christianity and new religious movements.

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STEPHEN HUNT is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of West of England. He has written widely on contemporary Christianity and new religious movements.

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