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Religion, belief and faith influence many areas of all our lives, whether we follow a particular doctrine or t. But are people becoming less religious in the modern age? Is religion a social construction? And what do key sociological theorists say about religion?This book examines the sociology of religion. Looking at belief systems around the world, the text questions and explores changing attitudes to religion, alongside issues such as secularization, fundamentalism and globalization. In particular, this text:* Explores contemporary and classic theory* Describes key practices and beliefs of particular faith groups* Investigates social characteristics associated with religious belief and participation* Discusses various approaches to the organisation of religion, from traditional institutions to sects and cults.Part of the successful Skills-Based Sociology series, Religion and Belief provides readers with the opportunity to build their kwledge whilst putting their understanding into practice. The book's clear structure, helpful exercises and exam guidance make this an invaluable resource for students new to the study of religion in society.
JOAN GARROD is a Former Chair of Examiners for AQA AS and A level Sociology. She is co-editor of Sociology Review magazine. MARSHA JONES is an experienced teacher of A Level Sociology and has been an Senior Examiner for AEB A Level Sociology for many years.
Joan Garrod, Marsha Jones, Tim Heaton, Tony Lawson