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This new, updated edition offers a reliable introduction to the main ways in which sociology has illuminated religion and religious change. But more than that, it raises profound questions about how religion, and its refusal to die, challenges sociology - a discipline founded on belief in the inevitability of secularisation
Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University
Grace Davie's timely second edition of Sociology of Religion underlines that religion is no longer simply located within the private sphere and is rising in the public agenda. It might be a return of religion. It might also be that religion never left and that there is now a shift in perception that religion is more present in our life. This prompts a need for many disciplines to develop new tools for understanding this new process and/or shift in perception. Grace Davie's first edition of Sociology of Religion was already a more than a welcome contribution as it provided sociologists and non-sociologists with one of the best books on the topic. This second edition keeps up with the fast and evolving field of religion and provides the most up-to-date findings and theories in the sociology of religion. Needless to say, it is a must read for anyone interested in this field.
Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Grace Davie is one of the best analysts of religion in contemporary sociology. The second edition of this title caps a distinguished record of studies of religion - first of Britain, then of Europe, then globally. This is a magisterial work, which should be read by anyone interested in the place of religion in the modern world
Peter L. Berger
Boston University, USA
"The Sociology of Religion. A Critical Agenda" is perfect for classroom use. Next to offering a well organized, competent and cutting edge overview on the challenges faced by the sociology of religion in our time, it teaches students how to think sociologically. Davie's insightful and imaginative account triggers new perspectives and research questions with regard to the global presence of religion. A wonderful, multi-layered resource for teaching!
Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University
Grace Davie's The Sociology of Religion is a highly valuable textbook for students on under graduate as well as graduate levels. It combines a critical reflection on the issues and debates that have shaped the field and a challenging agenda outlining some of the most crucial theoretical and empirical issues for the future. This way it equips students to both explore new tendencies and trends of religion in contemporary society and to be attentive to the significance of history and context for analysing.
Professor of Sociology of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Grace Davie is professor emeritus in the Sociology of Religion in the University of Exeter, where she has taught both general sociology and the sociology of religion for some 20 years. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association.
In 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor in the University of Uppsala, where she returned for extended visits in 2006-7, 2010 and 2012. In January 2008, she received an honorary degree from Uppsala. She has also held visiting appointments at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, both in Paris.