The Sociology of Religious Movements|
Spring 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
Contrary to the expectations (and hopes) of some, religion persists and even thrives. How does sociology account for the death and resurrection of religious fervor in the age of global capitalism? What accounts for the rise of contemporary fundamentalist movements around the globe? In this age of cults, charisma, and eschatological ecstasy, what can be said of the traditional relationship between religion, social transformation, and movements of political liberation? How do contemporary religious movements confront the challenges posed by feminism and queer theory? How does religion intersect with racial and caste hierarchies? Drawing on cases from various religious traditions and movements, this course will use the tools of sociological analysis to investigate the soul and form of contemporary religious life.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)(SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Thomas Robbins, CULTS, CONVERTS, AND CHARISMA: THE SOCIOLOGY OF NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS Martin Marty & Scott Appleby, THE GLORY AND THE POWER: THE FUNDAMENTALIST CHALLENGE TO THE MODERN WORLD Anson Shupe & Jeffrey Hadden, THE POLITICS OF RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE Robert Wuthnow, MEANING AND MORAL ORDER: EXPLORATIONS IN CULTURAL ANALYSIS Ursula King, RELIGION AND GENDER Gary Comstock & Susan Henking, QUE(E)RYING RELIGION: A CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY Timothy Fulop and Albert Raboteau, AFRICAN-AMERICAN RELIGION: INTERPRETIVE ESSAYS IN HISTORY AND CULTURE Thomas Robbins and Dick Anthony, IN GODS WE TRUST: NEW PATTERNS OF RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN AMERICA N.J. Demerath, Peter Hall, Terry Schmitt, Rhys Williams, SACRED COMPANIES: ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF ORGANIZATIONS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Reading journal, in-class deliberative presentations, three take-home essays (8-10 pages each), or a major research paper (16-18 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a Religion in Society requirement for the Religion Department Major.