Book Announcement: The Social Thought of Max Weber (Sage Social Thinkers Series, 2016)

The Social Thought of Max Weber (Sage Social Thinkers Series, 2016)

Stephen Kalberg contends in this volume that a broader reading of this major Founder of modern social science is long overdue.   Max Weber’s numerous conceptual contributions are all examined, as well as his “Protestant ethic  thesis.”  However, Kalberg maintains that Weber’s greatest contribution is to be found in his often-neglected investigations of entire civilizations.   His big picture themes move here to the forefront: his charting of the uniqueness of China, India, and the West, his discussion of the multiple causes behind their particular trajectories, and his distinct comparative-historical approach anchored in “interpretive understanding”  procedures.   By reconstructing Weber’s analysis of the origin and expansion of the American civic sphere, this volume also illustrates how his research strategies can be applied.

The Social Thought of Max Weber (Social Thinkers Series)

Book Announcement: The Social Thought of Max Weber (Sage Social Thinkers Series, 2016)

The Social Thought of Max Weber (Sage Social Thinkers Series, 2016)

Stephen Kalberg contends in this volume that a broader reading of this major Founder of modern social science is long overdue.   Max Weber’s numerous conceptual contributions are all examined, as well as his “Protestant ethic  thesis.”  However, Kalberg maintains that Weber’s greatest contribution is to be found in his often-neglected investigations of entire civilizations.   His big picture themes move here to the forefront: his charting of the uniqueness of China, India, and the West, his discussion of the multiple causes behind their particular trajectories, and his distinct comparative-historical approach anchored in “interpretive understanding”  procedures.   By reconstructing Weber’s analysis of the origin and expansion of the American civic sphere, this volume also illustrates how his research strategies can be applied.

The Social Thought of Max Weber (Social Thinkers Series)

Book Announcement: The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility

New book: The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility

Wiley-Blackwell Armando Salvatore http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118662644.html

The Sociology of Islam provides an accessible introduction to this emerging field of inquiry, teaching and debate. The study is located at the crucial intersection between a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. It discusses the long-term dynamics of Islam as both a religion and as a social, political and cultural force. The volume focuses on ideas of knowledge, power and civility to provide students and readers with analytic and critical thinking frameworks for understanding the complex social facets of Islamic traditions and institutions. The study of the sociology of Islam improves the understanding of Islam as a diverse force that drives a variety of social and political arrangements.

Delving into both conceptual questions and historical interpretations, The Sociology of Islam is a transdisciplinary, comparative resource for students, scholars, and policy makers seeking to understand Islam’s complex changes throughout history and its impact on the modern world.

Sociologists of religion have long been awaiting a successor volume to Brian Turner ‘s pathbreaking but now dated Weber and Islam (1974). Armando Salvatore’s new book provides just this update and much more. Ranging across a host of critical case studies and theoretical issues, Salvatore provides a masterful account of religious ethics, rationalization, and civility across the breadth of the Muslim world, from early times to today. The result is a book of deep intellectual insight, important, not just for the sociology of Islam, but for scholars and students interested in religion, ethics, and modernity in all civilizational traditions. Robert Hefner, Boston University The sociology of Islam has been a late and controversial addition to the sociology of religion. This field of research has been the principal target of the critique of Orientalism and after 9/11 the study of Islam became heavily politicized. Terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut have only compounded the long-standing difficulties of objective interpretation and understanding. In the first volume of what promises to be a major three volume masterpiece, Armando Salvatore steers a careful and judicious course through the various pitfalls that attend the field. The result

is an academic triumph combining a sweeping historical vision of Islam with an analytical framework that is structured by the theme of knowledge-power. One waits with huge excitement for the delivery of the remaining volumes. Bryan Turner, City University of New York A brilliant, pioneering effort to explain the cosmopolitan ethos within Islamicate civilization, The Sociology of Islam encompasses all the terminological boldness of Marshal Hodgson, making the Persianate and Islamicate elements of civic cosmopolitanism, across the vast Afro-Eurasian ecumene, accessible to the widest possible readership in both the humanities and the social sciences. Bruce B. Lawrence, author of Who is Allah? (2015)

Armando Salvatore is Professor of Global Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, and Professor at the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies of the Australian National University, Canberra. His work as a social scientist emphasizes transregional comparison and explores the Islamic ecumene’s socio-political trajectories as well as transcultural interconnections. As a complement to The Sociology of Islam he is editing The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam. Among his previous works are Islam and the Political Discourse of Modernity (1997), Public Islam and the Common Good (edited with Dale F. Eickelman, 2004), The Public Sphere: Liberal Modernity, Catholicism and Islam (2007), and Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates (edited with Muhammad Khalid Masud and Martin van Bruinessen, 2009).

Book Announcement: The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility

New book: The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility

Wiley-Blackwell Armando Salvatore http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118662644.html

The Sociology of Islam provides an accessible introduction to this emerging field of inquiry, teaching and debate. The study is located at the crucial intersection between a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. It discusses the long-term dynamics of Islam as both a religion and as a social, political and cultural force. The volume focuses on ideas of knowledge, power and civility to provide students and readers with analytic and critical thinking frameworks for understanding the complex social facets of Islamic traditions and institutions. The study of the sociology of Islam improves the understanding of Islam as a diverse force that drives a variety of social and political arrangements.

Delving into both conceptual questions and historical interpretations, The Sociology of Islam is a transdisciplinary, comparative resource for students, scholars, and policy makers seeking to understand Islam’s complex changes throughout history and its impact on the modern world.

Sociologists of religion have long been awaiting a successor volume to Brian Turner ‘s pathbreaking but now dated Weber and Islam (1974). Armando Salvatore’s new book provides just this update and much more. Ranging across a host of critical case studies and theoretical issues, Salvatore provides a masterful account of religious ethics, rationalization, and civility across the breadth of the Muslim world, from early times to today. The result is a book of deep intellectual insight, important, not just for the sociology of Islam, but for scholars and students interested in religion, ethics, and modernity in all civilizational traditions. Robert Hefner, Boston University The sociology of Islam has been a late and controversial addition to the sociology of religion. This field of research has been the principal target of the critique of Orientalism and after 9/11 the study of Islam became heavily politicized. Terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut have only compounded the long-standing difficulties of objective interpretation and understanding. In the first volume of what promises to be a major three volume masterpiece, Armando Salvatore steers a careful and judicious course through the various pitfalls that attend the field. The result

is an academic triumph combining a sweeping historical vision of Islam with an analytical framework that is structured by the theme of knowledge-power. One waits with huge excitement for the delivery of the remaining volumes. Bryan Turner, City University of New York A brilliant, pioneering effort to explain the cosmopolitan ethos within Islamicate civilization, The Sociology of Islam encompasses all the terminological boldness of Marshal Hodgson, making the Persianate and Islamicate elements of civic cosmopolitanism, across the vast Afro-Eurasian ecumene, accessible to the widest possible readership in both the humanities and the social sciences. Bruce B. Lawrence, author of Who is Allah? (2015)

Armando Salvatore is Professor of Global Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, and Professor at the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies of the Australian National University, Canberra. His work as a social scientist emphasizes transregional comparison and explores the Islamic ecumene’s socio-political trajectories as well as transcultural interconnections. As a complement to The Sociology of Islam he is editing The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam. Among his previous works are Islam and the Political Discourse of Modernity (1997), Public Islam and the Common Good (edited with Dale F. Eickelman, 2004), The Public Sphere: Liberal Modernity, Catholicism and Islam (2007), and Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates (edited with Muhammad Khalid Masud and Martin van Bruinessen, 2009).

Book Announcement: Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion

New Book: Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion

Adam Powell, Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2017) serves as an introduction to Mol’s theory of religious identity for a new generation of social scientists. Powell situates Mol’s ideas amongst competing social theorists of the mid-20th century and argues against a simple functionalist understanding of identity theory. The second half of the volume then offers four previously-unpublished essays by Mol to demonstrate the scope and ambition of this 20th-century sociologist’s theorising.

‘This book offers the possibility of a detailed knowledge about an eminent scholar like Hans Mol, a great specialist on the topic of “identity and religion” which is a key problem in the contemporary socio-religious global situation.’

Roberto Cipriani, Senior and Emeritus Professor at Roma Tre University, Italy & Former President of the ISA Research Committee ‘Sociology of Religion’.

‘Identity demands ever increased attention in today’s interdisciplinary world and here Adam Powell doubly illuminates this dynamic human process. He not only returns Hans Mol’s creative formulation of identity-sacralization to focused attention within theories of religion, but also provides an astutely crisp sociological account of identity theories at large. Sociologists, anthropologists, theologians and religious studies colleagues will enjoy this book a great deal.’

Douglas J. Davies, Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham University, UK & Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

‘In this admirably thoughtful study, A. J. Powell has provided a timely reminder of the achievement recorded by Hans Mol, whose Identity and the Sacred (1976) left a notable imprint on debate among specialists in both the sociology and theory of religion during the later decades of the last century. Dr. Powell contends, rightly, that Mol has been an underappreciated figure, too readily depicted as “yet another functionalist” at a time when his dialectical conception of religion as the “sacralization of identity” offered elements of originality more evident and discernible today―in newer light cast by current shifts in theory and criticism.

Daniel L. Pals, Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Miami, USA

Book Announcement: Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion

New Book: Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion

Adam Powell, Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2017) serves as an introduction to Mol’s theory of religious identity for a new generation of social scientists. Powell situates Mol’s ideas amongst competing social theorists of the mid-20th century and argues against a simple functionalist understanding of identity theory. The second half of the volume then offers four previously-unpublished essays by Mol to demonstrate the scope and ambition of this 20th-century sociologist’s theorising.

‘This book offers the possibility of a detailed knowledge about an eminent scholar like Hans Mol, a great specialist on the topic of “identity and religion” which is a key problem in the contemporary socio-religious global situation.’

Roberto Cipriani, Senior and Emeritus Professor at Roma Tre University, Italy & Former President of the ISA Research Committee ‘Sociology of Religion’.

‘Identity demands ever increased attention in today’s interdisciplinary world and here Adam Powell doubly illuminates this dynamic human process. He not only returns Hans Mol’s creative formulation of identity-sacralization to focused attention within theories of religion, but also provides an astutely crisp sociological account of identity theories at large. Sociologists, anthropologists, theologians and religious studies colleagues will enjoy this book a great deal.’

Douglas J. Davies, Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham University, UK & Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

‘In this admirably thoughtful study, A. J. Powell has provided a timely reminder of the achievement recorded by Hans Mol, whose Identity and the Sacred (1976) left a notable imprint on debate among specialists in both the sociology and theory of religion during the later decades of the last century. Dr. Powell contends, rightly, that Mol has been an underappreciated figure, too readily depicted as “yet another functionalist” at a time when his dialectical conception of religion as the “sacralization of identity” offered elements of originality more evident and discernible today―in newer light cast by current shifts in theory and criticism.

Daniel L. Pals, Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Miami, USA

Book Announcement: Cristina Rocha

John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing  (OUP2017)  Cristina Rocha

This is the first ethnographic account of the global spiritual movement headed the Brazilian faith healer John of God, who has become an international faith healing superstar in the past decade. Renowned for performing surgeries using kitchen knives and scissors, without anesthetics or asepsis, John of God is visited by thousands of the desperately ill, the wealthy, celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ram Daas, and Shirley MacLaine, and an increasing array of media. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork in Brazil, the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, Cristina Rocha examines the social and cultural forces that have made it possible for a healer from Brazil to become a global “guru” in the 21st century. The book’s key themes are: the ways in which religion is both globalized and localized in late modernity, the establishment of transnational communities of belief, the transformation of poor rural areas into sites of globalization, the efficacy of healing across cultures, and the prominent place of healing (of the body, the spirit and the planet) and its intimate connection with spirituality and religion in late modernity.

 

“This is one of the most insightful and engaging accounts of spiritual healing in recent years. By focusing on one of the most intriguing spiritual healers of our time, Joao de Deus, Rocha illuminates the enduring relevance, despite significant secularization in the West, of curing through faith. This book belongs on the top shelf of everyone interested in 21st-century religion, spirituality and globalization.”

R. Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Ch 1: Meeting John of God: an Uneasy Beginning

Ch 2: How does He Get His Magic?

Ch 3: Re-enchanting Healing

Ch 4: Abadiania as a Touristic Borderzone

Ch 5: Spiritual Tourism, Cultural Translation, and Friction

Ch 6: Flows into the Global North: Building a Transnational Spiritual Community

Ch 7: Localizing Flows: Healing the Land of its Suffering

Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/john-of-god-9780190466718?q=rocha&lang=en&cc=us#

 

New Book: “Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality”

The book shows that religion is a major factor in shaping public opinion about homsoexulaity.

Public opinion about homosexuality varies substantially around the world. While residents in some nations have embraced gay rights as human rights, people in many other countries find homosexuality unacceptable. What creates such big differences in attitudes? This book shows that cross-national differences in opinion can be explained by the strength of democratic institutions, the level of economic development, and the religious context of the places where people live. Amy Adamczyk uses survey data from almost ninety societies, case studies of various countries, content analysis of newspaper articles, and in-depth interviews to examine how demographic and individual characteristics influence acceptance of homosexuality.

Endorsements:

“Adamczyk has written the most comprehensive contemporary study on disapproval of homosexuality. She takes into account multidisciplinary theoretical insights on individual as well as contextual determinants to provide a worldwide readership with enlightening overviews on controversial issues.” —Peer Scheepers, Radboud University

“In this groundbreaking book Adamczyk has undertaken the daunting task of unraveling the complex dynamics shaping public opinion about same-sex relationships. She provides a rich theoretical understanding of the macro forces influencing attitudes and impressively integrates multiple types of methods and data to assess these ideas. A major contribution to cross-national public opinion research that I highly recommend.”—Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame
“Few studies have explored change in attitudes toward homosexuality on a global scale. Adamczyk’s mixed-methods approach and breadth of case studies, as well as her original and stimulating treatment of her materials, make for an ambitious and timely work that offers an important contribution to the scholarly community.”—Phillip M. Ayoub, author of When States Come Out
“Adamczyk has written the most comprehensive contemporary study on disapproval of homosexuality. She takes into account multidisciplinary theoretical insights on individual as well as contextual determinants to provide a worldwide readership with enlightening overviews on controversial issues.” —Peer Scheepers, Radboud University
“Drawing from a wealth of quantitative and qualitative cross-national data, Adamczyk provides an illuminating analysis of cross-national patterns in attitudes toward homosexuality. This highly informative book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the societal roots of sexual prejudice and tolerance in the 21st century.  I strongly recommend it.” —Gregory M. Herek, University of California, Davis
“True cross-national studies of public opinion are rare, and even rarer still are those that take religious differences seriously.  Adamczyk explores the diversity and sources of opinions among Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and Confucian/Buddhist majority countries.  I recommend this book highly to those interested in the intersection of religion and the politics of sexuality, and of those interested in comparative public opinion more broadly.” —Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

“Conversation around the topic of diversity has never been more timely on college campuses, and Professor Adamczyk takes up the important subject of sexual diversity, offering a wide-ranging portrait of attitudes about same-sex relationships on a global scale. For graduate and undergraduate students interested in gay rights and sexual identity, Adamczyk’s new book offers an essential window into how religion, politics, and economic development affect public opinion on these topics, and will surely spark passionate campus conversation about her findings.”
-Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses

To Order:

The book will be published by University of California Press on February, 7 2017.

If you purchase the book at the UC Press website, you can get a 30% discount by entering:16M4197 at checkout.

www.ucpress.edu/go/crossnationalpublicopinion

New Book: Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples

Edited by James L. Cox and Adam Possamai

Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples (Hardback) book cover

https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Non-Religion-among-Australian-Aboriginal-Peoples/Cox-Possamai/p/book/9781472443830

Offering a significant contribution to the emerging field of ‘Non-Religion Studies’, Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples draws on Australian 2011 Census statistics to ask whether the Indigenous Australian population, like the wider Australian society, is becoming increasingly secularised or whether there are other explanations for the surprisingly high percentage of Aboriginal people in Australia who state that they have ‘no religion’. Contributors from a range of disciplines consider three central questions: How do Aboriginal Australians understand or interpret what Westerners have called ‘religion’? Do Aboriginal Australians distinguish being ‘religious’ from being ‘non-religious’? How have modernity and Christianity affected Indigenous understandings of ‘religion’? These questions re-focus Western-dominated concerns with the decline or revival of religion, by incorporating how Indigenous Australians have responded to modernity, how modernity has affected Indigenous peoples’ religious behaviours and perceptions, and how variations of response can be found in rural and urban contexts.

Book Announcement

London Youth, Religion, and Politics: Engagement and Activism from Brixton to Brick Lane

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas

Oxford University Press, 2016

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/london-youth-religion-and-politics-9780198743675

For more than a decade the “Muslim question” on integration and alleged extremism has vexed Europe, revealing cracks in long-held certainties about the role of religion in public life. Secular assumptions are being tested not only by the growing presence of Muslims but also by other fervent new arrivals such as Pentecostal Christians. London Youth, Religion, and Politics focuses on young adults of immigrant parents in two inner-city London areas: the East End and Brixton. It paints vivid portraits of dozens of young men and women met at local cafes, on park benches, and in council estate stairwells, and provides reason for a measured hope.
In East End streets like Brick Lane, revivalist Islam has been generating more civic integration although this comes at a price that includes generational conflict and cultural amnesia. In Brixton, while the influence of Pentecostal and traditional churches can be limited to family and individual renewal, there are signs that this may be changing. This groundbreaking work offers insight into the lives of urban Muslim, Christian, and non-religious youth. In times when the politics of immigration and diversity are in flux, it offers a candid appraisal of multiculturalism in practice.

“Daniel Nilsson DeHanas’ empirically driven analysis should be read, marked, learned and inwardly digested by all those who care about our democratic future and the place of second-generation migrants in this. I commend it warmly.”

Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of Exeter

“Drawing on a much-needed comparative study, this book provides a fascinating insight into the civic integration and political participation of British Muslim, Christian and non-religious young people in a changing Britain.”

John Eade, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Roehampton

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas teaches Political Science and Religion at King’s College London. He is Co-Editor of the journal Religion, State and Society.