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By (author) Steve Bruce
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Fundamentalism by Steve Bruce
Book DescriptionThe new edition of Steve Bruce's Fundamentalism grapples with the combination of social strains and religious ideas that have produced an explosion of fundamentalist activity in the wake of 9/11. In a direct and punchy style, the new edition of his book investigates what lies behind the actions of Al-Qaeda, suicide bombings and the 'war against terror', and also gets to grips with the continuing rise of the Christian Right in the USA. It offers new insights into the Protestant fundamentalism of the American political right-wing, looking at the influence issues such as abortion, gay rights and 'intelligent design' have had on US foreign policy and domestic politics. Bruce's broad sociological analysis rejects the narrowly-conceived notion that fundamentalists are suffering from some kind of abnormal psychology, persuasively demonstrating fundamentalism's importance as a symptom of rapid social change. Social science has generally focused on the social circumstances that produce extremist movements and regarded their religious ideologies as window-dressing. This study takes the religious elements of fundamentalism seriously. Topics tackled in the book include: Why are some religions more likely than others to produce fundamentalism? Why do they differ in their willingness to use violence to pursue their goals? Does fundamentalism pose a serious challenge or sustainable alternative to the secular, liberal democracy of Western society? This thought-provoking and highly topical book will be essential reading for students of any discipline drawing on the sociology of religion. It will also appeal to those beyond the academic community who want to know what fundamentalism really means today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745640754
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Steve Bruce
Religion in Secular Society, Hardback (October 2016)
A reissue Religion in Secular Society (1966) by Bryan Wilson (1926-2004), a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford for thirty years and one of the leading sociologists of religion of the twentieth century.
Why are Women More Religious Than Men?, Paperback (September 2014)
A state-of-the-art review of social research on the question of why women are more religious than men for those interested in one of the largest differences between male and female behaviour.
Scottish Gods, Hardback (March 2014)
Explores Scotland's transformation from the largely devout Presbyterian country of 1900, with the church as a major social force, to the diverse, more secular society of today, when less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church. This book looks at the decline in the Protestant-Catholic divide.
Secularization, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Steve Bruce
Secularization remains one of the most hotly debated topics in the study of religion in modern societies. Steve Bruce elaborates the sociological secularization paradigm and defends it against a wide variety of recent attempts at rebuttal and refutation.
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Author Biography - Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen.
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