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SOCI 0208

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of American Religion
The course focuses on classical and contemporary issues in the sociology of religion. We begin with definitional debates about what religion is and the strengths and limitations of a social science of religion. We then consider issues of religious commitment and conversion; the changing role and influence of religion in contemporary society (i.e., secularization theory); change in religious communities; American religious history; women, family, and religious life; and the emergence of new religious movements. Throughout the course we read ethnographic and historical studies of various religious organizations and communities (e.g., American Protestantism, the Amish, Catholicism, Hare Krishna, Shakers, Oneida, Mormons). 3 hrs. lect./disc
Subject:
Sociology
Department:
Sociology
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
AMR NOR PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:
SOAN 0208
RELI 0208 *

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