Sociology and Religions. An Ambiguous Relationship

Sociologie et Religions. Des Relations Ambiguës

Liliane Voyé (Author), Jaak Billiet (Author),

Series: KADOC-Studies 23

Category: Religion, Social Science

Language: English

ISBN: 9789061869672

Publication date: August 10, 1999

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Size: 240 x 160 x mm


What are the relations between sociology and the different religions – Christianity with its various branches, Judaism, Islam, Oriental religions, sects and New Religious Movements ? That is the question which this work, – conceived on the occasion of the XXVth Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion/Société Internationale de Sociologie des Religions (SISR) – wishes to clarify.

The book retraces the varied and troubled history of these relations and also reveals how in opening up its research to other religions besides the Christan, sociology is forced to redefine the very object of its field of study. What is the religious? This question, which until recently was considered impertinent, informs this book throughout.

If confronts the necessity of rethinking theories and methodological appoaches which, constructed in the context of 19th and early 20th century Western Europe, prove to be rather inadequate for encompassing contemporary religious phenomena and religious manifestations in other contexts. To these new theoretical and methodological demands is added, for the sociologist, a deontological imperative, which takes on all the more importance today as the religious provokes passionate social debate.

This is a book sure to stimulate thought.

Introduction – Sociology and Religions: Patters of Encounter
Liliane Voyé and Jaak Billiet

Catholics and Sociology in Leuven from Désiré Mercier to Jacques Leclercq: a Process of Appropriation
Emmanuel Gerard and Kaat Wils

La CISR de la fondation à la mutation: réflexions sur une trajectoire et ses enjeux
Emile Poulat

CISR, an Alternative Approach to Sociology of Religion in Europe: ACSS and CISR Compared
Karel Dobbelaere

The International Society for the Sociology of Religion (SISR): the Last Decade of the 20th Century
Karel Dobbelaere

L’Eglise catholique et la sociologie
Jean Remy

La relation ambiguë des protestantismes à la sociologie
Roland Campiche

Sociology and the Church of England
David Martin

Ambiguous Reception and the Troublesome Relationship: The Sociology of Religion in Eastern Orthodox Europe
Vasilios Makrides

Le Judaïsme et la sociologie
Régine Azria

Islam et sociologie: une rencontre qui n’a pas eu lieu
Constant Hamès

Asian Religions and Sociology: the Case of New Religion Studies in Japan
Susumu Shimazono

Sects and Sociology
Bryan Wilson

Taking Two to Tango: the New Religious Movements and Sociology
Eileen Barker


Liliane Voyé

01Prof. dr. Liliane Voyé is emeritus professor sociologie van de Université Catholique de Louvain. Zij is gespecialiseerd in stads- en godsdienstsociologie.Lannoo

Jaak Billiet

Jaak Billiet is PhD in Social Sciences and Emeritus Professor at KU Leuven. His research focuses on pillarization and statistical methods. He is member of the central coordination team of the European Social Survey.

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