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Description - Religion by Seth Daniel Kunin

This text is a comprehensive and approachable introduction to social scientific theories of religion as they developed in the 20th century. In the first section of the book the groundwork is laid for the theories developed in the 20th century, introducing the significant thinkers who have established some of the main avenues of discussion including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, Jung, and Otto. The second section introduces the main approaches of the social scientific disciplines that study religion: sociological, psychological, phenomenological, feminist and anthropological. The third section puts religion under the microscope, examining constituent elements such as ritual, symbolism and myth. Throughout the author shows that theories and definitions need to be questioned and problematized, and concludes with suggestions for how new definitions of religion might be framed to provide more culturally sensitive and open-ended ways of understanding. The introduction of key issues and thinkers in modern theories of religion should make this an ideal text for all religious studies students.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748615223
ISBN-10: 0748615229
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Seth Daniel Kunin

Seth Kunin is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Durham. He is author of Religion: The Modern Theories (EUP, 2003).

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