Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western by James V. Spickard

By James V. Spickard

Alternative Sociologies of Religion explores what the sociology of faith may seem like had it emerged in a Confucian, Muslim, or local American tradition instead of in a Christian one.   

Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all non secular lifestyles. therefore, the sector has tended to spotlight features of faith that Christians locate vital, reminiscent of spiritual ideals and formal enterprises, whereas paying much less awareness to different elements.   instead of easily criticizing such boundaries, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith might appear like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies.  What features of faith could students see extra basically in the event that they have been raised in Confucian China?  What might they know about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar?  What may they larger comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and organisations?  

Through those proposal experiments, Spickard exhibits how non-Western rules comprehend a few facets of religions--even of Western religions--better than does common sociology.  the quantity exhibits how non-Western frameworks can shed new gentle on a number of various dimensions of non secular lifestyles, together with the query of who keeps non secular groups, the relationships among faith and ethnicity as resources of social ties, and the position of embodied event in spiritual rituals. those ways exhibit relevant points of up to date religions that the dominant manner of doing sociology fails to notice.  each one method additionally presents investigators with new theoretical assets to lead them deeper into their subjects.  the quantity makes a compelling case for adopting a world standpoint within the social sciences. 

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