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Religion, Culture & Society
A Global Approach



© 2014 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"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."
- Gary Bouma AM, Monash University

"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."
- Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

"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."
- Sylvia Collins-Mayo, Kingston University

This is a rich and dynamic introduction to the varieties of religious life and the central issues in the sociology of religion today. It leads the reader through the key ideas and main debates within the field as well as offering in-depth descriptions and analysis of topics such as secularization, fundamentalism, Pentecostal Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, atheism, ‘The spiritual marketplace’, digital religion and new religions like Wicca.

Emphasising religion as a global phenomenon, examining especially the ways in which globalization has had an impact on everyday religious life, Singleton has created an illuminating text suitable for students in a wide range of courses looking at religion as a social and cultural phenomenon.
 
Introduction: Religion, Culture and Society
 
PART ONE: MAKING SENSE OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS CHANGE: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES
 
What Is Religion and Spirituality?
 
Modern Times: Classical Approaches in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
 
Twentieth-century Challenges, twentieth-century Thinkers
 
Towards Contemporary Theorizing: Secularization, the 'Religious Economy' and Globalization
 
Studying Contemporary Religion: Methods and Data
 
PART TWO: WINDS OF CHANGE: RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
 
Post-Christian Nations? Christianity's Decline in Great Britain, Australia and Canada
 
One Nation under God? American 'Exceptionalism'
 
Christian Vitality? Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America
 
Buddhism and Hinduism in a Globalized World
 
The Rise of the Global Ummah? Recent Trends in Islam
 
'Lived' Religion in Everyday Life
 
The End of Religion? The New Atheism and Secularism
 
The Future of Religion? Young People, Religion and Spirituality

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.

Christian Smith
University of Notre Dame

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.

Gary Bouma AM
Monash University

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.

Robert Wuthnow
Princeton University

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.

Sylvia Collins-Mayo
Kingston University

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.
With a useful introduction to the empirical study of religion this will also benefit students undertaking research within the field of Religious Education. It shares examples of research from across the globe, and I would recommend this as a key text for students interested in religion and global perspectives.

Ms Lisa Vickerage-Goddard
Faculty of Education, Newman University
June 23, 2016

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Chapter One: What is Religion and Spirituality?


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