In this book David Martin brings together a coherent summary of his many years of ground-breaking academic work on the sociology of religion. Covering key and contentious areas from the last half-century such as secularisation, religion and violence, and the global rise of Pentecostalism, it presents a critical recuperation of these themes, some of them first initiated by the author, and a review of their reception history. It then reviews that reception history in a way that discusses not only the subjects themselves, but also the academic practices that have surrounded them. As such, this collection is vital reading for all academics with an interest in David Martin's work, as well as those involved with the sociology of religion and the study of secularisation more generally.
Part I The travels and travails of the concept of secularisation1 Overview of the problem2 Exploring my own reception3 Extensions of the secularisation debate4 Secularisation and other disciplines5 Recapitulation in the sociology of religion in Britain6 Changing patterns and changing receptions in painting and musicPart II Ancillary debates: violence, Pentecostalism7 Religion and violence8 Reception and PentecostalismPart III Examples9 Religion and the varied sources of violence: disrupting a narrative10 Religion and the variable patterns of cultural change - modernisation?
"Astonishing in its range of intellectual, historical, and cultural references, this book illuminates the work of a scholar who has been a leader in his field for half a century and still writes with both energy and urgency. David Martin reflects on many of his characteristic concerns - secularisation, pacifism and violence, Pentecostalism, religion and the arts - and in the process constructs an image of sociology as a vital and morally serious calling."- Simon Coleman, Chancellor Jackman Professor, University of Toronto, Canada"Along the way in its 194 pages, Martin provides incisive analysis on key trends in contemporary religion that even those who have not kept up with his prolific work can appreciate."- ReligionWatch Vol. 32, No. 9 July 2017"For the aspiring sociologist of religion, this book is essential reading. Indeed, many young academics across the humanities would clearly benefit from the long view encapsulated here."- The Revd Duncan Dormor, Chief Executive of USPG
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