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Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion, and Politics)

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Publisher Comments:

August Comte, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud predicted that religion would gradually fade in importance and cease to be significant with the emergence of industrial society. Their belief that religion was dying became conventional wisdom in the social sciences during most of the twentieth century. However, this analysis reveals that the traditional secularization thesis needs updating now. Religion has not disappeared and is unlikely to do so, even though secularization has had a surprisingly powerful negative impact on human fertility rates.

Book News Annotation:

Norris (comparative politics, Harvard U.) and Inglehart (political science, U. of Michigan) draw on a massive body of new evidence about the underlying factors driving religiosity around the world to rethink classic questions about the nature of religion. They build on the ideas of Weber and Durkheim to develop a new theoretical framework on how the experience of existential security drives the process of secularization, and test their theory against evidence from the Values Surveys of 1981-2001 in 80 societies.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Sacred and Secular demonstrates that: (1) The publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations during the past fifty years; but (2) The world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before - and they constitute a growing proportion of the world's population. Though these two propositions may seem contradictory, they are not. The fact that the first proposition is true, helps account for the second - because secularization has a surprisingly powerful negative impact on human fertility rates.

Synopsis:

Sacred and Secular is essential reading for anyone interested in comparative religion, sociology, public opinion, political behavior, political development, social psychology, international relations, and cultural change.

Synopsis:

Sacred and Secular examines the validity of the secularization thesis.

Synopsis:

Sacred and Secular demonstrates that: (1) The publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations during the past fifty years; but (2) The world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before - and they constitute a growing proportion of the worlds population. Though these two propositions may seem contradictory, they are not. The fact that the first proposition is true, helps account for the second - because secularization has a surprisingly powerful negative impact on human fertility rates.

Table of Contents

Part I. Understanding Secularization: 1. The secularization debate; 2. Measuring secularization; 3. Comparing secularization worldwide; Part II. Case Studies of Religion and Politics: 4. The puzzle of religiosity in the United States and Western Europe; 5. A religious revival in post-communist Europe?; 6. Religion and politics in the Muslim world; Part III. The Consequences of Secularization: 7. Religion, the Protestant ethic, and moral values; 8. Religious organizations and social capital; 9. Religious parties and electoral behaviour; Part IV. Conclusions: 10. Consequences.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521548724
Editor:
Leege, David C.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Leege, David C.
Author:
Leege, David C.
Author:
Inglehart, Ronald
Author:
Norris, Pippa
Author:
Wald, Kenneth D.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion and politics
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Cambridge studies in social theory, religion, and politics
Series Volume:
no. 235
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
348
Dimensions:
8.98x6.22x.82 in. 1.05 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Sacred and Secular demonstrates that: (1) The publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations during the past fifty years; but (2) The world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before - and they constitute a growing proportion of the world's population. Though these two propositions may seem contradictory, they are not. The fact that the first proposition is true, helps account for the second - because secularization has a surprisingly powerful negative impact on human fertility rates.
"Synopsis" by , Sacred and Secular is essential reading for anyone interested in comparative religion, sociology, public opinion, political behavior, political development, social psychology, international relations, and cultural change.
"Synopsis" by , Sacred and Secular examines the validity of the secularization thesis.
"Synopsis" by , Sacred and Secular demonstrates that: (1) The publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations during the past fifty years; but (2) The world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before - and they constitute a growing proportion of the worlds population. Though these two propositions may seem contradictory, they are not. The fact that the first proposition is true, helps account for the second - because secularization has a surprisingly powerful negative impact on human fertility rates.
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