The Sociology of Religion: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives

Synopsis

This clear introduction to the sociology of religion combines a discussion of key theorists with a modern emphasis on the diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Malcolm Hamilton's expanded second edition brings the discussion fully up-to-date, and extends its material on secularization and religious sects, giving a broad comparative view. Drawing on the insights of history, anthropology and sociology, he surveys classic and contemporary theory to give a full picture of the variety and scope of theoretical perspectives.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Emile Durkheim
  • Karl Marx
  • Max Weber
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2001
Edition:
  • 2nd