". . .a brilliant piece of work--a beautiful example of sociology at its very best. . . . professionally researched and analyzed, both pragmatic and theoretical, overwhelmingly convincing, and an important corrective to a lot of current beliefs. . . .a great read--fascinating from beginning to end." -Wendell Bell, Yale University
"[N]o other recent book on orthodox movements is as broad in its scope, rich and detailed in its narrative, well-grounded in its theory, and insightful in its analysis as Claiming Society for God. Sociologists should read this book as an antidote to the stereotyped, one-dimensional view of religiously orthodox movements so often found in today's popular media." --Review of Religious Research
". . .advances our understanding of the ideological complexity of these movements, the role of multifaceted organizational structure for bringing new activists into a movement, and the ways in which movements might overcome liabilities of ideological rigidity, multi-issue agendas, and distaste for compromise. . . It stands out as a model of comparative historical research in the breadth of its research on such disparate cases, as well as the tight integration of its data and analysis."
"Social movement scholars ignore the insights of Claiming Society for God at their peril. . . . Davis and Robinson have written a thought-provoking book, one that is well researched and which should inspire debates among scholars of religion, social movements, politics, and social change. Given that the book is highly accessible and relevant to current events, it deserves wide readership outside the academy as well."--Moblization
“. . . contributes to both political sociology and the sociology of religion in multiple ways. It challenges some of the main tenets of the social movement scholarship. It is a must-read for any scholar in any of these three subfields. Sociology as whole would benefit from further discussion of religion’s potential to build alternative sources of power, domination, and struggle; and of the ambiguities, slipperiness, and multilayered nature of orthodoxy’s caring, sharing, “communitarian” face.—Social Forces
Nancy J. Davis is Lester Martin Jones Professor of Sociology at DePauw University.
Robert V. Robinson is the Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Together they have published on religion and politics in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Sociology of Religion, winning recognition from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the American Sociological Association's sections on the sociology of religion and collective behavior & social movements.