Modern Sociologists on Society and Religion provides an introduction to some of the most influential figures in contemporary social theory with an emphasis on their analyses of society and religion. The figures profiled include Erving Goffman, Zygmunt Bauman, Michel Foucault, Peter L. Berger, Thomas Luckmann, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Arlie Hochschild, Richard Sennett, and Patricia Hill Collins.

The introduction places these sociologists in contemporary social discourse. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the main work and social analyses of the sociologist in question. After a brief critical assessment, it outlines their view on religion, followed by examples of how other sociologists have used their theories to study religion. Each chapter ends with the authors’ suggestions for how their perspectives can be used to analyze the role of religion in contemporary society.

The book provides a general introduction and overview of social analyses in modern sociology. It is a rich resource for scholars and students on all levels who are interested in social theory and the complexity of religion in contemporary society.

chapter |12 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

Erving Goffman

Between manipulation and deference

chapter 2|22 pages

Zygmunt Bauman

Religion as a safe harbor in a liquid world

chapter 3|22 pages

Michel Foucault

Discourse, power, and governmentality

chapter 4|25 pages

Jürgen Habermas

Post-secular society

chapter 5|23 pages

Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann

Social reality as construction

chapter 6|29 pages

Pierre Bourdieu

Social practice, capital, and power

chapter 7|25 pages

Anthony Giddens

From sociological syntheses to political advice

chapter 8|24 pages

Arlie Hochschild

Emotions, gender, and commercialization

chapter 9|18 pages

Richard Sennett

Cities, intimacy, craftsmanship, and capitalism

chapter 10|28 pages

Patricia Hill Collins

Intersectional analysis