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Religion in Sociological Perspective

Religion in Sociological Perspective - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-1412982986

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Edition/Copyright: 5TH 12
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2012
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Religion in Sociological Perspective - 5TH 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412982986

Keith A. Roberts

ISBN13: 978-1412982986
ISBN10: 1412982987
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 12
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2012
International: No
Summary

Religion in Sociological Perspective is an introduction to the sociology of religion core text, designed to present and illustrate the basic theories sociologists use to understand the social dimensions of religion. First and foremost, the authors seek to help students understand the perspective from which sociologists view religion. By the time students have finished this book, they should understand the central theories and methods of research in the sociology of religion, and they should have an idea of how to apply these analytical tools to new groups they encounter. The goal of this text is to be illustrative rather than all-encompassing.

The Fifth Edition continues to draw on a wide range of perspectives. The text aims to help students recognize the contributions of various theoretical perspectives and the blind spots of each theory. Conflict, functional, social constructionist, and rational choice paradigms are used throughout the text. Various middle-range theories are also utilized to explore specific processes. Despite the effort to introduce many perspectives, however, we have made an effort to enhance integration of the text by using one framework throughout the book: the open systems model.

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