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Sociological Theory and the Question of Religion

List of ContributorsReligion in Sociology's Core ClassicsRecent Developments in British Sociology of ReligionThe Current VolumeReferencesI. The State of the Art and Science of the Sociology of ReligionThinking Sociologically about Religion: A Step Change in the Debate?Evidence of ChangeNew InitiativesNew QuestionsReferencesWhat Sort of Social Theory Would Benefit the Sociology of Religion?IntroductionThe Nature of Social TheoryTheory in the Study of ReligionWhat Sort of Theory Should We Use?ConclusionReferencesII. History and ReligionThe Axial Age Religions: The Debate and its Legacy for Contemporary SociologyIntroduction: Classical Sociology of ReligionKarl Jaspers, Max Weber and the Axial AgeWeber, Universalism and ChinaConclusion: A Future for the Sociology of Religion?ReferencesHope and ReligionIntroductionThe Supernatural, Ritual and UncertaintyThe Hereafter and its RewardsThe Dialectic of the Popular and the EruditeLatin America: The Dialectic Transcended in a Time of Both Religious Revival and SecularizationThe Secularization of Religious Reason in Liberation TheologyThe Dialectic Transcended: Beyond Popular ReligionExchange in a Secularized Religious SettingRitual PromiscuitySaying the UnsaidReferencesThe Sacramental Mechanism: Religion and the Civilizing Process in Christian Western Europe with Particular Reference to the Peace of God Movement and its AftermathReligion and the Civilizing ProcessThe Civilizing ProcessPax Dei and its ReverberationsThe Sacramental Mechanism and the Prohibition of ViolenceConclusionAcknowledgmentsReferencesIII. Religion and ModernityReligion and Monetary Culture in the Sociology of Georg SimmelIntroductionMoney/Religion ComplexMoney/Society EquationSimmel's Concept of ReligionGod as a Symbol of SocietySimmel and DurkheimGod/Money EquationMammonismCapitalism as ReligionAcknowledgementReferencesPutting Baby Back in the Bath: Theorising Modernity for the Contemporary Sociology of ReligionThe Problem at HandModernity in the DockMultiple ModernitiesDeproblematising ModernityPutting Baby Back in the BathConclusionReferencesIV. Ethnographies of Listening to Churches: aesthetics and rationalityPlaying the Sensual Card in Churches: Studying the Aestheticization of ReligionIntroductionA Broad Perspective on the Aestheticization of ReligionStudying Multimodal ReligionChristmas Concerts: An Evocative RitualAestheticization: The Social ContextDifferent Situations Call for Different Methodological SensitivitiesBrief Concluding RemarksReferencesListening Subjects, Rationality and ModernityListening, Meaning and ModernityLearning to ListenListening as the Practice of RationalityConclusionAcknowledgementsReferencesV. Power, Gender and DiscourseCritical Discourse Analysis and Critical Sociology of ReligionCritical Sociology of Religion and the Importance of DiscourseUnderstanding DiscourseBeing CriticalThe Embeddedness of DiscourseCritical Discourse Analysis in the Sociology of ReligionOpium of the People - and MoreReligion as Legitimate IdentityThe Discursive Dialectics of SecularisationConclusionReferencesBeyond Habitus: Researching Gender and Religion through the Ontology of Social RelationsBourdieu and GenderFeminist Critique of Masculine DominationBeyond Structure and Agency: Critical Hermeneutics in the Study of Religion and GenderStudying Religion and Gender with (and against) BourdieuTowards an Ontology of Social Relations in the Study of Gender and ReligionReferences