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Sociology, religion and development: literature review

Tomalin, Emma (2007) Sociology, religion and development: literature review. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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The aim of the following literature review is to discuss key theoretical debates within the sociology of religion regarding definitions of religion, the role of religion in society and the future of religion. These issues have occupied sociologists of religion since the nineteenth century and are also relevant to our current task of examining the relationship between religion and development. Also considered is the extent to which the debates that have emerged reflect a western context or if they provide theoretical models that are useful to understanding religion and its transformations globally. A second aim will be to discuss research within sociology that is relevant to the theme of religion and development. As there is considerable overlap here with other disciplines this review will focus upon several areas that have not been covered in other reviews - namely the issue of 'religions/spiritual capital and social capital' and, also, with 'civil society and social movements'.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Public Policy
Number of Pages:32
Department:International Development Department , Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Projects:Religions and Development Research Programme
Series/Collection Name:RaD Working Papers Series
Keywords:Religion, Development, Sociology
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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Copyright Status:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1505

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