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Religion and Modern Society

Citizenship, Secularisation and the State

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Religion and Modern Society by Bryan S Turner
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Religion is now high on the public agenda, with recent events focusing the world's attention on Islam in particular. This book provides a unique historical and comparative analysis of the place of religion in the emergence of modern secular society. Bryan S. Turner considers the problems of multicultural, multi-faith societies and legal pluralism in terms of citizenship and the state, with special emphasis on the problems of defining religion and the sacred in the secularisation debate. He explores a range of issues central to current debates: the secularisation thesis itself, the communications revolution, the rise of youth spirituality, feminism, piety and religious revival. Religion and Modern Society contributes to political and ethical controversies through discussions of cosmopolitanism, religion and globalisation. It concludes with a pessimistic analysis of the erosion of the social in modern society and the inability of new religions to provide 'social repair'.

Author Biography

Bryan S. Turner is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion. He is a prominent figure in the field of the sociology of religion and editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (2006).
Release date NZ
March 31st, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
374
Dimensions
152x228x10
ISBN-13
9780521675321
Product ID
9600558

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