9780230002654

Sociology in Theology Reflexivity and Belief

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230002654

  • ISBN10:

    023000265X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Sociology has taken a recent and unexpected theological turn that has radical implications for reflexivity. This original study explores these in four areas: visual aspects of reflexivity and theology; Simmel and Mauss on prayer as a form of spiritual capital; identity and the constitution of character; and finally, and most controversially, a reflection on sociological expectations of theology. This is one of the few works that explores a new terrain with profound implications for sociology and theology.

Author Biography

KIERAN FLANAGAN is Reader in Sociology at the University of Bristol. His publications include: Seen and Unseen, Sociology and Liturgy: Re-presentations of the Holy; and The Enchantment of Sociology: A Study of Theology and Culture. He has co-edited with Peter C. Jupp: Postmodernity, Sociology and Religion; and Virtue Ethics and Sociology: Issues of Modernity and Religion.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
Religion and Reflexivity: The Paralysis of a Theological Imaginationp. 16
To the Western Isles: The Visions of Goffman and Syngep. 47
Molly Sweeney and the Blind Sociologist: Dilemmas of Discernmentp. 80
Ocular Gifts: Seeing the Invisible in the Visiblep. 110
Conclusionp. 147
Notesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 166
Indexp. 177
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