Faculty Book: Bryan Turner
Bryan S. Turner
The Religious and the Political: A Comparative Sociology of Religion
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Religion and politics are fundamental dimensions of human society, yet they are often at loggerheads. The apparent differences are deceptive, because the two are inevitably entwined—both deeply concerned with control or regulation of everyday affairs. Following in the tradition of Max Weber’s historical and comparative study of religions, this book explores the many ways in which religion and politics are both combined and separated across different societies. Through a variety of case studies, Turner explores different manifestations of secularization and how the separation of church and state is either compromised or abandoned. He considers how different states manage religion in culturally and religiously diverse societies and concludes with a discussion of the contemporary problems facing the liberal theory of freedom of religion. Bryan Turner is presidential professor of sociology at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: MAY 29, 2013