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Sociology of Religion

  • John of Godby Cristina Rocha

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 28.99

    This book investigates the growing number of Western followers of John of God, a faith healer who has drawn hundreds of thousands of people, including Oprah Winfrey, to his healing center in Brazil by purportedly performing miraculous surgeries on people with a kitchen knife and no anesthetics. Drawing on multi-sited fieldwork throughout Brazil, the... more...

  • Violence in Southern Sport and Cultureby Eric Bain-Selbo

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 45.41

    This book discusses violence and its connection with religion, sport and popular culture. It highlights the religious dimensions of violence and the role of violence in the religion and culture of the American South. Extending into popular culture, it then makes the case that sport?particularly American football?is a cultural phenomenon... more...

  • Christentum und Islam als politische Religionenby Oliver Hidalgo; Holger Zapf; Philipp W. Hildmann

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016; US$ 35.51

    Der Band untersucht wichtige Stationen des Wandels politisch-religiöser Ideen im Christentum und im Islam als ideelle Anpassungsleistungen an die sich stetig verändernden gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen bzw. auch als Gestaltungsversuche des Politischen auf Basis theologischer Prämissen. Damit leistet das Buch einen zentralen Beitrag zum Verständnis... more...

  • Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghanaby Karen Lauterbach

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 85.48

    This book centers around mid-level charismatic pastors in Ghana. Karen Lauterbach analyzes pastorship as a pathway to becoming small ?big men? and achieving status, wealth, and power in the country. The volume investigates both the social processes of becoming a pastor and the spiritual dimensions of how power and wealth are conceptualized, achieved,... more...

  • Marian Devotions, Political Mobilization, and Nationalism in Europe and Americaby Roberto Di Stefano; Francisco Javier Ramón Solans

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 91.90

    This volume examines the changing role of Marian devotion in politics, public life, and popular culture in Western Europe and America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book brings together, for the first time, studies on Marian devotions across the Atlantic, tracing their role as a rallying point to fight secularization, adversarial... more...

  • The Possibility of Altruismby Thomas Nagel

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    Just as there are rational requirements on thought, there are rational requirements on action. This book defends a conception of ethics, and a related conception of human nature, according to which altruism is included among the basic rational requirements on desire and action. more...

  • Interpreting Charles Taylor?s Social Theory on Religion and Secularizationby Germán McKenzie

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 91.90

    This book examines ?Taylorean social theory,? its sources, main characteristics and impact. Charles Taylor?s meta-narrative of secularization in the West, prominently contained in his major work A Secular Age (2007), has brought new insight on the social and cultural factors that intervened in such process, the role of human agency, and particularly... more...

  • Evangelical Pilgrims from the Eastby Sunggu Yang

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 84.50

    In this book Sunggu Yang proposes five socio-ecclesial codes as unique faith fundamentals of Korean American Christianity. Drawing from rigorous research and years of ecclesial experience, Yang names the codes as follows: the Wilderness Pilgrimage code, the Diasporic Mission Code, the Confucian Egalitarian code, the Buddhist Shamanistic code, and the... more...

  • The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliationby Sarah Maddison; Tom Clark; Ravi de Costa

    Springer Singapore 2016; US$ 84.50

    This book investigates whether and how reconciliation in Australia and other settler colonial societies might connect to the attitudes of non-Indigenous people in ways that promote a deeper engagement with Indigenous needs and aspirations. It explores concepts and practices of reconciliation, considering the structural and attitudinal limits to such... more...

  • Re-Constructing the Man of Steelby Martin Lund

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 85.48

    In this book, Martin Lund challenges contemporary claims about the original Superman?s supposed Jewishness and offers a critical re-reading of the earliest Superman comics. Engaging in critical dialogue with extant writing on the subject, Lund argues that much of recent popular and scholarly writing on Superman as a Jewish character is a product... more...