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Sociology of Religion

  • The New Third Romeby Jardar Østbø

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 25.99

    Drawing on theories of political myth and concepts of nationalism, Jardar Østbø analyzes the content and ideological function of the myth of Russia as a Third Rome. Through case studies of four prominent nationalist intellectuals, Østbø shows how this messianic myth was used to reinvent Russia and its allegedly rightful place in the world after the... more...

  • Witches and Demonsby Jean La Fontaine

    Berghahn Books 2016; US$ 27.95

    Devil worship, black magic, and witchcraft have long captivated anthropologists as well as the general public. In this volume, Jean La Fontaine explores the intersection of expert and lay understandings of evil and the cultural forms that evil assumes. The chapters touch on public scares about devil-worship, misconceptions about human sacrifice and... more...

  • Religion and Psychoanalysis in Indiaby Sabah Siddiqui

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 53.95

    Religion and Psychoanalysis in India questions the assumptions of an established scientific, evidence-based global mental health paradigm by examining the practices of faith-based healing. It proposes that human beings demonstrate a dual loyalty: to science as faith and faith as science, both of which get reconfigured in the process. In this particular... more...

  • Gedächtnislandschaften in Geschichte und Gegenwartby Norbert Fischer

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016; US$ 29.99

    NorbertFischer stellt in diesem Band Muster materialisierter Gedächtniskultur vor. Er stütztsich dabei auf Studien zu Tod, Trauer und Erinnerungskultur sowieLandschaftsgeschichte und -theorie. Schon die klassischen Orte der Bestattung,wie die christlichen Kirchhöfe, bilden verräumlichte Muster von Trauer undGedenken. Es sind sepulkrale Räume, deren... more...

  • Understanding Inequality: Social Costs and Benefitsby Amanda Machin; Nico Stehr

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016; US$ 79.99

    The contributions in this book highlight,contextualize and analyze different aspects of social inequality. What are thevarious cause and effects of inequality? How have these changed over recentdecades? Which social policies might be best able to intervene? Written byauthors from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions, thesecontributions... more...

  • Issues in Science and Theology: Do Emotions Shape the World?by Dirk Evers; Michael Fuller; Anne Runehov; Knut-Willy Sæther

    Springer International Publishing 2016; US$ 129.00

    This volume examines emotions andemotional well-being from a rich variety of theological, philosophical andscientific and therapeutic perspectives. To experience emotion is a part ofbeing human; but what are emotions? How can theology, philosophy and thenatural sciences unpack the nature and content of emotions? This volume is based on contributions... more...

  • Islam, Religions, and Pluralism in Europeby Ednan Aslan; Ranja Ebrahim; Marcia Hermansen

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016; US$ 59.99

    Religious and ethnic diversity have become crucial and pressing concerns in Europe: in particular, the presence of Muslims, their integration, citizenship, and how to deal with the influx of refugees. Can we draw on the resources of religions and their leaders for models of peaceful coexistence or do religious identities constitute obstacles to cooperation... more...

  • Authentizität und Identitätby Elisa Tavares

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016; US$ 39.99

    Elisa Tavares befasst sich in diesem Buch mit dem Batuku, einer mündlichen Tradition aus Kap Verde, die Dichtung, Musik und Tanz in sich vereint. Es kombiniert linguistische und ethnologische Herangehensweisen, um vor dem Hintergrund der Medialisierung der kapverdischen Gesellschaft zu untersuchen, in welchem Verhältnis Tradition und Wandel im... more...

  • Testing Fresh Expressionsby John Walker

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    Testing Fresh Expressions investigates whether fresh expressions of church really do what is claimed for them by the fresh expressions movement and, in particular, whether their unique approach helps to reverse trends of decline experienced by traditional churches. Part 1 examines those claims and untangles their sociological and theological assumptions.... more...

  • African Pilgrimageby Retief Müller

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Years after the end of Apartheid South Africa remains racially polarized and socially divided. In this context pilgrimage and travelling rituals serve to help those who often find themselves at the bottom end of the social ladder to make sense of their world. This book describes a South Africa that is made up of a number of different fragmented worlds.... more...