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  • Sects, Cults, and Spiritual Communities: A Sociological Analysisby Marc Petrowsky; William Zellner

    ABC-CLIO 1998; US$ 31.95

    American society is culturally diverse with a variety of religious denominations, sects, cults, and self-help groups vying for members. This volume analyzes nine of these groups, chosen both for their intrinsic interest and because they illustrate a variety of sociological concepts. The groups included in this study are: Heaven's Gate, Jesus People... more...

  • New Religious Movements Experience in America, Theby Eugene Gallagher

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 67.00

    Wherever and whenever they appear, new religious movements always produce conflict. Even as they attract members who enthusiastically embrace their innovative teachings, new religions often provoke strongly negative reactions?often because they challenge established notions of proper religious action, belief, and morality. Opponents of new religious... more...

  • Spirits, Blood and Drumsby James Houk

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 33.95

    James Houk's field work in Trinidad and subsequent involvement in the Orisha religion allows him a uniquely intimate perspective on a complex and eclectic religion. Originating in Nigeria, Orisha combines elements of African religions (notably Yoruba), Catholicism, Hinduism, Protestantism Spiritual Baptist, and Kabbalah. A religion of spirits and... more...

  • Religion and Democracy in the United Statesby Alan Wolfe; Ira Katznelson

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 47.95 US$ 38.36

    The United States remains a deeply religious country and religion plays an inextricably critical role in American politics. Controversy over issues such as abortion is fueled by opposition in the Catholic Church and among conservative Protestants, candidates for the presidency are questioned about their religious beliefs, and the separation of church... more...

  • Society of the Deadby Todd Ochoa

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    In a riveting first-person account, Todd Ramón Ochoa explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired "society of affliction" that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with two teachers of Palo, the book unfolds on the outskirts of Havana as it recounts Ochoa's attempts to assimilate Palo praise of the dead. As he... more...

  • Ranking Faithsby James D. Davidson; Ralph E. Pyle

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 62.99

    Ranking Faiths: Religious Stratification in America discusses how religion shapes access to power, privilege, and prestige in the U.S., both historically and today. Dispelling the idea that the U.S. was founded on the principle of religious equality for all, the authors show how religious inequalities developed, where they remain in society today,... more...

  • Religious Diversity and Social Changeby Kevin J. Christiano

    Cambridge University Press 1988; US$ 36.00 US$ 29.52

    This book examines specific ways in which cultural changes affected the structure of the religious establishment. more...

  • Pathology and Identityby Roland Littlewood

    Cambridge University Press 1993; US$ 62.00 US$ 50.84

    A 1993 anthropological study of the Earth People, a new Caribbean religion led by Mother Earth. more...

  • Canada's Religionsby Robert Choquette

    University of Ottawa Press 2004; US$ 34.99

    With nine out of ten Canadians claiming a religious affiliation of some kind - Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Aboriginal, or one of dozens of other religions - faith has huge impact on our personal and social lives. In this book, Robert Choquette offers a comprehensive history of religion in Canada and examines the ongoing... more...

  • Communities of Dissentby Stephen J. Stein

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.89

    Alternative religious groups have had a profound influence on American history-they have challenged the old and opened up new ways of thinking about healing, modes of meaning, religious texts and liturgies, the social and political order, and the relationships between religion and race, class, gender, and region. Virtually always, the dramatic, dynamic... more...