Sociology of the Sacred
Religion, Embodiment and Social Change
- Philip A Mellor - University of Leeds, UK
- Chris Shilling - University of Kent, UK
November 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"About time! Two key experts in the field remind us of the significance and power of religion as bio-political and bio-economic."
- Beverley Skeggs, Goldsmiths, University of London
"A welcome addition to a continuing body of work by two distinguished theorists of religion."
- Grace Davie, University of Exeter
- Keith Tester, University of Hull
"This book is ambitious, refreshing and rewarding. It offers the best available analysis of the complex interlacing of the sacred, religion, secularization and embodied experience."
- James A. Beckford, University of Warwick
- How the bodily capacities help religions adapt to social change but also facilitate their internal transformation
- That the ‘sacred’ includes a diverse range of phenomena, with variable implications for questions of social order and change
- How proponents of a ‘post-secular’ age have failed to grasp the ways in which sacralization can advance secularization
- Why the sociology of the sacred needs to be a key part of attempts to make sense of the nature and directionality of social change in global modernity today.
This book is key reading for the sociology of religion, the body and modern culture.
Modalities of the Sacred
Other-Worldly and This-Worldly Intoxication
The Bio-Medicalization of Pain
The Aestheticization of Charisma
The Materialization of Eroticism
Instauring the Religious Habitus
Sample Materials & Chapters
Sociology of the Sacred - Ch.1: Introduction