Handbook of Religion and Society

  • David Yamane

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Yamane
    Pages 1-7
  3. Religion and Social Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Terrence D. Hill, Matt Bradshaw, Amy M. Burdette
      Pages 11-28
    3. Jerry Z. Park, Kevin D. Dougherty, Mitchell J. Neubert
      Pages 29-46
    4. Kathleen C. Oberlin
      Pages 47-65
    5. David Yamane
      Pages 67-87
    6. David Sikkink, Jonathan Hill
      Pages 89-115
    7. Stewart M. Hoover, Seung Soo Kim
      Pages 117-130
  4. Religious Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Tricia C. Bruce, Josh Packard
      Pages 155-175
    3. Christopher Helland
      Pages 177-196
    4. Giuseppe Giordan
      Pages 197-216
  5. Family, Life Course, and Individual Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Kathleen E. Jenkins
      Pages 219-239
    3. Richard J. Petts, Scott A. Desmond
      Pages 241-262
    4. Neal Krause
      Pages 263-280
    5. Matthew T. Loveland
      Pages 281-300
    6. Ryan T. Cragun
      Pages 301-320
    7. John P. Hoffmann, Stephen J. Bahr, Michaela Huber
      Pages 321-341
  6. Difference and Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Philip Schwadel
      Pages 345-371
    3. Orit Avishai
      Pages 373-394
    4. Sarah-Jane Page, Heather Shipley
      Pages 395-419
    5. Todd L. Matthews, John P. Bartkowski, Tyrone Chase
      Pages 421-442
  7. Political and Legal Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Jonathan Fox
      Pages 445-465
    3. Isak Svensson
      Pages 467-484
    4. James T. Richardson
      Pages 485-502
  8. Globalization and Transnationalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-503
    2. Victor Roudometof
      Pages 505-524
    3. Stephen Offutt, Grant Miller
      Pages 525-545
    4. Peter Kivisto
      Pages 547-568

About this book


The Handbook of Religion and Society is the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of a vital force in the world today. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, policy makers, and other professionals seeking to understand the role of religion in society. This includes both the social forces that shape religion and the social consequences of religion.

This handbook captures the breadth and depth of contemporary work in the field, and shows readers important future directions for scholarship. Among the emerging topics covered in the handbook are biological functioning, organizational innovation, digital religion, spirituality, atheism, and transnationalism. The relationship of religion to other significant social institutions like work and entrepreneurship, science, and sport is also analyzed. Specific attention is paid, where appropriate, to international issues as well as to race, class, sexuality, and gender differences.

This handbook includes 27 chapters  by a distinguished, diverse, and international collection of experts, organized into 6 major sections: religion and social institutions; religious organization; family, life course, and individual change; difference and inequality; political and legal processes; and globalization and transnationalism.


Atheism and Religion Deviance and Social Control Difference and Inequality Digital Religion Religion and Adoleschence and Emerging Adulthood Religion and Aging Religion and Crime Religion and Family Religion and Individual Change Religion and Organizational Innovation Religion and Political Processes Religion and Social Institutions Religious Organization Social Consequences of Religion Spirituality and Religion Sports and Religion The Social Forces Shaping Religion Understanding the Role of Religion in Society

Editors and affiliations

  • David Yamane
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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