Browsing posts tagged: Sociology of Religion
Virtually Sacred

Millions of users have taken up residence in virtual worlds, and in those worlds they find opportunities to revisit and rewrite their religious lives. Robert M. Geraci argues that virtual worlds and video games have become a locus for the satisfaction of religious needs, providing many users with devoted communities, opportunities for ethical reflection, a […]

Stations of the Sun

Comprehensive and engaging, this colourful study covers the whole sweep of ritual history from the earliest written records to the present day. From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home and Hallowe’en, to the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. He […]

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore is part of the World Trade Press A to Z World Culture Series. Individual titles in the series focus on a specific cultural topic for the 175 countries covered and offer broad factual information, deep insight and thoughtful analysis. Throughout each volume, the list of topics and the […]

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore is part of the World Trade Press A to Z World Culture Series. Individual titles in the series focus on a specific cultural topic for the 175 countries covered and offer broad factual information, deep insight and thoughtful analysis. Throughout each volume, the list of topics and the […]

Returning to Religion

How can one explain the resurgence of religion, even in a western context of rationality and scientific endeavour? The persistence of religious expression has compelled even diehard secularists, or proponents of the ‚secularization thesis‘, to rethink their positions. Jonathan Benthall explains precisely why societies are not bound to embrace western liberal rationality as a socio-evolutionary […]

From Pews to Polling Places

Does religion promote political mobilization? Are individuals motivated by their faith to focus on issues of social justice, personal morality, or both? What is the relationship between religious conviction and partisanship? Does religious identity reinforce or undermine other political identifications like race, ethnicity, and class? The answers to these questions are hardly monolithic, varying between […]

Islam and Muslims in Germany

In the European discourse of post 9/11 reality, concepts such as “Multiculturalism”, “Integration” and “European Islam” are becoming more and more topical. The empirically- based contributions in this volume aim to reflect the variety of current Muslim social practices and life-worlds in Germany. The volume goes beyond the fragmented methods of minority case studies and […]

Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions

This volume addresses the idea of ghost in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Europe, India, and China. It proposes a multi-cultural apprach to construct a wider and complicated picture of the phenomenon of ghosts and spirits in human societies.

Development and Faith

The faith and development nexus is both a promising new focus for secular development agencies and a historic reality: for centuries, world faiths and individuals inspired by their faith have played many roles in social change and social welfare. Secular development agencies have largely operated in parallel to the world of faith-motivated development. The World […]

Helena of Britain in Medieval Legend

St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great and legendary finder of the True Cross, was appropriated in the middle ages as a British saint. The rise and persistence of this legend harnessed Helena’s imperial and sacred status to portray her as a romance heroine, source of national pride, and a legitimising link to imperial Rome. […]