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  • Religion and the New Immigrantsby Michael W. Foley; Dean R. Hoge

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 30.99 US$ 26.65

    The explosive growth of the immigrant population since the 1960s has raised concerns about its impact on public life, but only recently have scholars begun to ask how religion affects the immigrant experience in our society. In Religion and the New Immigrants , Michael W. Foley and Dean R. Hoge assess the role of local worship communities in promoting... more...

  • Teaching Durkheimby Terry F. Jr. Godlove

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 43.99 US$ 37.83

    Emile Durkheim's work on religion occupies a central place in religious studies classrooms today. At the undergraduate level, Durkheim is widely taught in large Introduction to Religion courses and in upper division seminars in "theory and method." His work is also taught in graduate Religious Studies departments of all stripes, from those grounded... more...

  • Convictions of the Soulby Sharon Erickson Nepstad

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    Many U.S. Christians were profoundly moved by the liberation struggles in Central America in the 1980s. Most learned about the situation from missionaries who had worked in the area and witnessed the repression firsthand. These missionaries, Sharon Erickson Nepstad shows, employed the institutional and cultural resources of Christianity to seize the... more...

  • Theocratic Democracyby Nachman Ben-Yehuda

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 64.99 US$ 55.89

    In Theocratic Democracy , Nachman Ben-Yehuda examines more than fifty years of media-reported unconventional and deviant behavior by members of the Haredi community. Ben-Yehuda finds not only that this behavior has happened increasingly often over the years, but also that its most salient feature is violence--a violence not random or precipitated... more...

  • Everyday Religionby Nancy T. Ammerman

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.19

    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 US$ 19.77

    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 US$ 14.61

    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 US$ 75.67

    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...

  • Political Theology for a Plural Ageby Michael Jon Kessler

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 30.99 US$ 26.65

    Political Theology for a Plural Age provides historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, engaging political theologies not merely as a set of theoretical concepts but as religious beliefs and principles that motivate specific political action. more...

  • Sacred Groves and Local Godsby Eliza F. Kent

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 35.99 US$ 30.95

    Drawing on fieldwork conducted in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu over seven years, Eliza F. Kent offers a compelling examination of the religious and social context in which south India's sacred groves take on meaning for the villagers who maintain them, and shows how they have become objects of fascination and hope for Indian environmentalists. more...