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- ISBN: 9780205710829 | 0205710824
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 9/20/2010
For undergraduate/graduate courses in the Sociology of Religion in departments of Sociology; and for courses such as Religious Perspectives on Social Issues in departments of Theology. A reader that seeks to explore the relationship between the structure and culture of religion and various elements of social life in the U.S. Sociology of Religion: A Reader, 2e is ideal as either a standalone reader or supplement to the text written by the same author team, Why Religion Matters. Based on both classic and contemporary research in the sociology of religion, this reader highlights a variety of research methods and theoretical approaches. It explores the ways in which religious values, beliefs and practices shape the world outsideof church, synagogue, or mosque walls while simultaneously being shaped bythe non-religious forces operating in that world.