The Centrality of Religion in Social Life

The Centrality of Religion in Social Life

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A collection of the themes that are important for today's sociology of religion... this volume is essential for anyone interested in religion's place in contemporary society - it answers many questions and raises many new ones The breadth of topics examined in this collection is evidence of James Beckford's many contributions to the sociology of religion and, more importantly, to advancing the argument that we cannot understand society---even presumably today's qsecularq society - without some appreciation for the role of religion. A much deserved recognition. A fitting tribute to a distinguished career: this book is a celebration of James Beckford's lifelong endeavor to make religion central to social theory. An excellent collection of thoughtful and often innovative essays, from some of the best sociologists of religion, developing many of the important themes so masterfully treated in Jim Beckford's work. Chock full of helpful new insights; everyone in the sociology of religion will find something of interest and significance in this book. Befitting the career of James Beckford, this book contributes to a genuinely comparative sociology of religionJames T. Richardson, JD, PhD, is Director of the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also directs the Judicial Studies graduate degree program for trial judges and other justice related programsanbsp;...

Title:The Centrality of Religion in Social Life
Author: Eileen Barker
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2010

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