Roundtable on the sociology of religion: Twenty-three theses on the status of religion in American sociology-A mellon working-group reflection

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Smith, Christian, Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Ammerman, Nancy Tatom, Casanova, José, Davidson, Hilary, Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Evans, John H., Gorski, Philip S., Konieczny, Mary Ellen, Springs, Jason A., Trinitapoli, Jenny and Whitnah, Meredith. (2013). Roundtable on the sociology of religion: Twenty-three theses on the status of religion in American sociology-A mellon working-group reflection. Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 81(4), pp. 903 - 938. https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lft052
AuthorsSmith, Christian, Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Ammerman, Nancy Tatom, Casanova, José, Davidson, Hilary, Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Evans, John H., Gorski, Philip S., Konieczny, Mary Ellen, Springs, Jason A., Trinitapoli, Jenny and Whitnah, Meredith
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[Extract] American sociology has not taken and does not take religion as seriously as it needs to in order to do the best sociology possible. Despite religion being an important and distinctive kind of practice in human social life, both historically and in the world today, American sociologists often neglect religion or treat it redtionistically. We explore several reasons for this negligence, focusing on key historical, conceptual, methodological, and institutional factors. We then turn to offer a number of proposais to help remedy American sociology’s negligence of religion, advance the study of religion in particular, and enhance sociology’s broader disciplinary capacity to improve our understanding and explanation of human social life. Our purpose in this analysis is to stimulate critical and constructive discussion about the significance of religion in human life and scholarly research on it.

Keywordsreligion and sociology; theory of knowledge; sociology; religion and culture; religion and politics; institutions; organizational sociology; scholars; interdisciplinary study; globalization; religion; scholarly publishing; intellectual life; United States
Year2013
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Religion
Journal citation81 (4), pp. 903 - 938
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0002-7189
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lft052
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84888990046
Page range903 - 938
Research GroupInstitute for Religion, Politics, and Society
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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