Religious Studies/Sociology
The Centrality of Religion in Social Life : Essays in Honour of James A. Beckford
Eileen Barker

- Modifié le 27 septembre 2017

James A. Beckford’s work is internationally acclaimed not only in the sociology of religion, but also in other fields of the social sciences. Beckford has long been arguing that the barriers that have grown up between the different sub-disciplines should be broken down, with those specialising in religion becoming more cognisant of new theoretical developments, and sociologists in general becoming more aware of the significance of developments in the religious scene.

This book is a collection of essays written in Beckford’s honour, drawing on a number of religious themes that have been central to Beckford’s interests, whilst also offering a significant contribution to our understanding of the wider society. A central theme is modernity (and its relation to the post-modern), and how religion affects and is affected by the dynamics of contemporary society, with the primary focus of many of the chapters being a concern with how society copes with the minority religions that have become visible with the globalising tendencies of contemporary society. The contributors, who come from America, Asia and various parts of Europe, are all internationally renowned scholars. Beckford’s most important publications are listed in an Appendix and the volume opens with a short account of his contribution to sociology by Eileen Barker (the editor) and James T. Richardson.

About the Editor

Eileen Barker PhD, OBE, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the London School of Economics, UK. She has written over 250 publications (that have been translated into 27 languages) including New Religious Movements : A Practical Introduction and the award-winning The Making of a Moonie, now held by Ashgate. She has edited/co-edited 8 books and has been on the faculty of LSE since 1970. She is also the founder and Chair of Inform, an NGO supported by the government and mainstream Churches that provides enquirers with information about minority religions.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Eileen Barker and James T. Richardson

PART I : The French Connection

Thinking sociologically about religion : contexts, concepts and clarifications
Grace Davie

Religious individualism, modern individualism and self-fulfilment : a few reflections on the origins of contemporary religious individualism
Danièle Hervieu-Léger

The paradoxes of Laïcité in France
Jean-Paul Willaime

French cult controversy at the turn of the new millennium : escalation, dissensions and new forms of mobilisations across the battlefield
Véronique Altglas

Two different types of manifest secularization : Belgium and France compared
Karel Dobbelaere

PART II : Religious Insertions in Society

The inner-world mysticism and a successful social integration of the Sikh Panth
Enzo Pace

A movement without a crisis is a movement with a crisis : a paradox in search of a paradigm
J. Demerath

The European Court of Human Rights, minority religions, and the social construction of religious freedom
James T. Richardson and Jennifer Shoemaker

The trumpet sounds retreat : learning from the Jehovah’s Witnesses
David Voas

Theorising conversion : can we use conversion accounts as sources to actual past processes ?
Margit Warburg

From ‘visiting minister’ to ‘Muslim chaplain’ : the growth of Muslim chaplaincy in Britain, 1970-2007
Sophie Gilliat-Ray

PART III : Religion, Power and Politics

The religious and the political
David Martin

Religion, human power and powerlessness
Thomas Luckmann

PART IV : The Spiritual and/or the Religious ?

The church without and the god within : Religiosity and/or spirituality ?
Eileen Barker

Contemporary religions and the public arena : centring on the situation in Japan
Susumu Shimazono

Toward a sociology of spirituality : individual religion in social/historical context
Meredith B. McGuire

Appendix : A list of James A. Beckford’s most important works


Références :

Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Farnham (UK), 247 p., 2008

ISBN : 978-1-4094-0343-2