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  • Far-Right Fantasyby James Aho

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 37.95

    Far-Right Fantasy is a straight-forward, jargon-free study of contemporary American right-wing extremism. Accessible to both professional and lay audiences, it allows activists to speak for themselves in their own words. It takes the self-announced religious motivations of extremists seriously, and illustrates this by citing numerous cases of radical... more...

  • Christians under Coversby Kelsy Burke

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    Christians under Covers shifts how scholars and popular media talk about religious conservatives and sex. Moving away from debates over homosexuality, premarital sex, and other perceived sexual sins, Kelsy Burke examines Christian sexuality websites to show how some evangelical Christians use digital media to promote the idea that God wants married,... more...

  • Divine Hierarchiesby Sean McCloud

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 27.99

    Placing the neglected issue of class back into the study and understanding of religion, Sean McCloud reconsiders the meaning of class in today's world. More than a status grounded in material conditions, says McCloud, class is also an identity rhetorically and symbolically made and unmade through representations. It entails relationships, identifications,... more...

  • Yearning to Belongby John Paul Healy

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Cutting across three areas of interest within New Religious Movements - insider perspectives, sociology of religion and the helping professions - this book explores insiders' experience of the Indian Guru-disciple Yogic tradition and is authored by a former member of that tradition. Highlighting the rich spiritual experience of devotees of Guru-disciple... more...

  • Unconditional Equalityby Ajay Skaria

    University of Minnesota Press 2016; Not Available

    Unconditional Equality examines Mahatma Gandhi?s critique of liberal ideas of freedom and equality and his own practice of a freedom and equality organized around religion. It reconceives satyagraha (passive resistance) as a politics that strives for the absolute equality of all beings. Liberal traditions usually affirm an abstract equality centered... more...

  • The Art of Living Foundationby Stephen Jacobs

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The Hindu-derived meditation movement, The Art of Living (AOL), founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore, has grown into a global organization which claims presence in more than 150 countries. Stephen Jacobs presents the first comprehensive study of AOL as an important transnational movement and an alternative global spirituality. Exploring... more...

  • Everyday Religionby Nancy T. Ammerman

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 19.99

    Social scientists sometimes seem not to know what to do with religion. In the first century of sociology's history as a discipline, the reigning concern was explaining the emergence of the modern world, and that brought with it an expectation that religion would simply fade from the scene as societies became diverse, complex, and enlightened. As the... more...

  • The Elusive Dreamby Korie L. Edwards

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 22.99

    Edwards presents the surprising results of an in-depth study of interracial churches: they help perpetuate the very racial inequality they aim to abolish. To arrive at this conclusion, she combines a nuanced analysis of national survey data with an in-depth examination of one particular church. She shows that mixed-race churches adhere strongly to... more...

  • Devoted to Deathby R. Andrew Chesnut

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    R. Andrew Chesnut offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees in the past eight years. As a personification of death, the Grim Reapress has become one of the most popular and powerful saints on both the Mexican and American religious landscapes. Although condemned as satanic by both... more...

  • The New Heretics of Franceby Susan Palmer

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 87.99

    Since the Age of Enlightenment, France has upheld clear constitutional guidelines that protect human rights and religious freedom. Today, however, intolerant attitudes and discriminatory practices towards unconventional faiths have become acceptable and even institutionalized in public life. Susan Palmer offers an insightful examination of France's... more...