Sociology of religion

Sociology of religion

Durk Hak Religie & Samenleving, The Netherlands Lammert Gosse Jansma Frisian Academy, The Netherlands

abstract A summary of definitions of religion and magic is followed by an outline of the main questions (inequality, cohesion, rationalization) and major scientific research programmes (historical materialism, structural functionalism, interpretative individualism, and rational choice and market theory) in which the history of the scientific debate and the state of the art is delineated. Research results on capita selecta, the evolution of the gods, secularization and unchurching and new religious movements are presented. 

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