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Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare Paperback – May 30, 2012
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"[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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Reading the official "Book Description" made on May 30, 2012, I came to know that one of the four religious movements analyzed in the book was CL ("Comunione e Liberazione" or, in English,"Communion and Liberation"), a VERY influential organization in Italy. So I decided to buy it. Without much enthusiasm, though: in fact, I kept saying to myself: "yes .... but you will not find the time to read it ... and it end up on the shelf still immaculate, like many of the other books....".
Unfortunately, unlike what was stated by the Author, the book wasn't "immediately available" on the Italian's Amazon website. So I bought the book on another website of the Jeff Bezos's group and... YES... after the reading of the book, as Clinical Sociologist, let me say just some simply words about this book: the most interesting and well done work on the sociology of religious orthodox movements, the broader, more multi-cultural, more multi-religious, and accurate comparative analysis on the topic that I have ever read.
My most sincere congratulations and my thanks for the great effort of the Authors and for giving us this -needed- masterpiece of sociology!