Faculty Book: Bryan S. Turner

Bryan S. Turner

Religion and Modern Society: Citizenship, Secularisation and the State
(Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Religion is now high on the public agenda, and recent events have focused the world’s attention on Islam in particular. In this book, Turner provides a unique historical and comparative analysis of the place of religion in the emergence of modern secular society. He considers the problems of multicultural, multifaith societies and legal pluralism in terms of citizenship and the state, placing special emphasis on the problems of defining religion and the sacred in the secularization debate. Other issues he explores are the communications revolution, the rise of youth spirituality, feminism, piety, religious revival, cosmopolitanism, religion, and globalization. Turner concludes with a pessimistic analysis of the erosion of social values in modern society and  a gloomy outlook on whether new religions are able to provide “social repair.” Bryan Turner is presidential professor of sociology at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: APR 8, 2013

Category: Faculty Books | Middle Eastern Studies | Sociology