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A very nice introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduate students and non-academic readers...Theoretically informed, substantively rich, and easy reading, I recommend Singleton’s book as a valuable orientation to the sociological study of religion.
The reader is taken on a global exploration of the forms and diversities of religions and their social and cultural contexts... It is up to the minute in research and theory, and comfortably grounded in the traditions of the social explanation of things religious and spiritual.
Tells how sociology of religion originated in the work of key nineteenth and twentieth century theorists and then brings the story into the present era of globalization, hybrid spirituality, and the Internet. Students of religion will find this an engaging and informative survey of the field.
It considers the ‘big questions’ - What is religion? How is religion changing in a modern world? What is the future of religion? – and addresses them through tangible case studies and observations of contemporary life. Its global perspective reflects the breadth, diversity and vibrancy of this field.
An interesting and comprehensive guide to Religion, Culture and Society, this is a useful book for those studying Religious Education. There are helpful points to ponder, next steps and further explorations at the end of each chapter, allowing the reader the opportunity to extend their knowledge of a specific area.
This is an excellent text book. It deals confidently and sensitively with the essentials of the sociology of religion for undergraduate students. In particular, the emphasis on the requirement for a global perspective on religious life and spirituality is to be commended.
This is a comprehensive introduction to the subject of the Sociology of Religion and of relevance to those studying relevant topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The inclusion of contemporary suggestions with regard to the study and research of Religion would be extremely useful to students.
A useful text but might be too broad in scope without accompanying detail
An indispensable global guide to the overlay between religion, culture and society. This book asks the big questions about religions and their futures in a global context.
A valuable and enrichening source for the Culture, Society and Health course, will be used/recommended in our next course in November-December 2014
This was an excellent text that I did not adapt only because there was a free ebook that worked available on the University Website.
The discussion of religion is too broad for my course.
Various religions are discussed in this book which gives some helpful insights. Often spirituality and religions are overlooked by Social Work candidates as an area they may not feel comfortable with exploring. So I hope this book can be used productively to give a way to support people holistically.
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