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Introduction: Religion, Culture and SocietyPART ONE: MAKING SENSE OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS CHANGE: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHESWhat Is Religion and Spirituality?Modern Times: Classical Approaches in the Social Scientific Study of ReligionTwentieth-century Challenges, twentieth-century ThinkersTowards Contemporary Theorizing: Secularization, the 'Religious Economy' and GlobalizationStudying Contemporary Religion: Methods and DataPART TWO: WINDS OF CHANGE: RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLDPost-Christian Nations? Christianity's Decline in Great Britain, Australia and CanadaOne Nation under God? American 'Exceptionalism' Christian Vitality? Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin AmericaBuddhism and Hinduism in a Globalized WorldThe Rise of the Global Ummah? Recent Trends in Islam'Lived' Religion in Everyday LifeThe End of Religion? The New Atheism and SecularismThe Future of Religion? Young People, Religion and Spirituality
Andrew Singleton is Associate Professor Of Sociology And Social Research at Deakin University, Australia.
It considers the `big questions' - What is religion? How is religion changing in a modern world? What is the future of religion? - and addresses them through tangible case studies and observations of contemporary life. Its global perspective reflects the breadth, diversity and vibrancy of this field. -- Sylvia Collins-Mayo Tells how sociology of religion originated in the work of key nineteenth and twentieth century theorists and then brings the story into the present era of globalization, hybrid spirituality, and the Internet. Students of religion will find this an engaging and informative survey of the field. -- Robert Wuthnow The reader is taken on a global exploration of the forms and diversities of religions and their social and cultural contexts... It is up to the minute in research and theory, and comfortably grounded in the traditions of the social explanation of things religious and spiritual. -- Gary Bouma AM A very nice introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduate students and non-academic readers...Theoretically informed, substantively rich, and easy reading, I recommend Singleton's book as a valuable orientation to the sociological study of religion. -- Christian Smith