An Analysis of Sport and Religion
Author: Stephen G. Wieting
Category: Sports & Recreation
With close attention to the spheres of sport and religion as important sites of moral currency, this book draws on media coverage of major cases of hypocrisy, attending to differing meanings and consequences of hypocrisy within the US, France and Iceland. Instances come from scandals within the established churches, as well as cases from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Tour de France, and the inquest into the Hillsborough Disaster in the UK. It considers the importance of the context within which moral conduct takes place and the relevance of this for the occurrence of hypocritical action, while exploring also the implications of advances in computer and information technology for controlling messages and monitoring deceit. Identifying the negative effects of the detection of hypocrisy at individual and institutional levels, the author engages with the work of Goffman to argue for the importance of trust in institutions, underlining the necessity of minimizing and correcting hypocritical acts by which this is undermined. A detailed study of hypocrisy and the need for trust, this volume will appeal to scholars and students of sociology with interests in social and moral conduct, sport, religion, Goffman and the notion of social life as artifice.
In His Own Words and In Reflection
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Category: Social Science
This volume includes new Iowa School founder, Carl J. Couch’s previously unpublished memoir The Romance of Discovery, alongside personal reflections from friends and colleagues. It also includes an unpublished essay by Couch reflecting on his methodology and unique theoretical approach of the Iowa School of symbolic interactionism.
How Small Nations Achieve International Success
Author: Vidar Halldorsson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Sports & Recreation
Iceland is a tiny Nordic nation with a population of just 330,000 and no professional sports leagues, and yet its soccer, basketball and handball teams have all qualified for major international tournaments in recent years. This fascinating study argues that team sport success is culturally produced and that in order to understand collective achievement we have to consider the socio-cultural context. Based on unparalleled access to key personnel, including top coaches, athletes and administrators, the book explores Icelandic cultural capital as a factor in sporting success, from traditions of workmanship, competitive play and teamwork to international labour migration and knowledge transfer. The first book to focus specifically on the socio-cultural aspects of a small nation’s international sporting success, this is an original and illuminating contribution to the study of the sociology of sport. Sport in Iceland: How small nations achieve international success is fascinating reading for team sport enthusiasts, coaches, managers and organisers, as well as for any student or scholar with an interest in the sociology of sport, strategic sports development, sports policy or sports administration.
How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America
Author: Randall Balmer
Publisher: Basic Books
For much of American history, evangelicalism was aligned with progressive political causes-the abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, and public education. But contemporary conservative activists have defaulted on this majestic legacy, embracing instead an agenda virtually indistinguishable from the Republican Party platform. How has evangelical Christianity become so entrenched in partisan politics? Randall Balmer, an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion, deftly combines ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context to examine the nature of the Religious Right today-and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith.
What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
Author: Kenda Creasy Dean
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion--the same invaluable data as its predecessor, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers--Kenda Creasy Dean's compelling new book, Almost Christian, investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice. In Soul Searching, Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton found that American teenagers have embraced a "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism"--a hodgepodge of banal, self-serving, feel-good beliefs that bears little resemblance to traditional Christianity. But far from faulting teens, Dean places the blame for this theological watering down squarely on the churches themselves. Instead of proclaiming a God who calls believers to lives of love, service and sacrifice, churches offer instead a bargain religion, easy to use, easy to forget, offering little and demanding less. But what is to be done? In order to produce ardent young Christians, Dean argues, churches must rediscover their sense of mission and model an understanding of being Christian as not something you do for yourself, but something that calls you to share God's love, in word and deed, with others. Dean found that the most committed young Christians shared four important traits: they could tell a personal and powerful story about God; they belonged to a significant faith community; they exhibited a sense of vocation; and they possessed a profound sense of hope. Based on these findings, Dean proposes an approach to Christian education that places the idea of mission at its core and offers a wealth of concrete suggestions for inspiring teens to live more authentically engaged Christian lives. Persuasively and accessibly written, Almost Christian is a wake up call no one concerned about the future of Christianity in America can afford to ignore.
When Church and Cool Collide
Author: Brett McCracken
Publisher: Baker Books
Insider twentysomething Christian journalist Brett McCracken has grown up in the evangelical Christian subculture and observed the recent shift away from the "stained glass and steeples" old guard of traditional Christianity to a more unorthodox, stylized 21st-century church. This change raises a big issue for the church in our postmodern world: the question of cool. The question is whether or not Christianity can be, should be, or is, in fact, cool. This probing book is about an emerging category of Christians McCracken calls "Christian hipsters"--the unlikely fusion of the American obsessions with worldly "cool" and otherworldly religion--an analysis of what they're about, why they exist, and what it all means for Christianity and the church's relevancy and hipness in today's youth-oriented culture.
Second-generation Spirituality in Korean American Churches
Author: Sharon Kim
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Social Science
Second-generation Korean Americans, demonstrating an unparalleled entrepreneurial fervor, are establishing new churches with a goal of shaping the future of American Christianity. A Faith of Our Own investigates the development and growth of these houses of worship, a recent and rapidly increasing phenomenon in major cities throughout the United States. Including data gathered over ten years at twenty-two churches, it is the most comprehensive study of this topic that addresses generational, identity, political, racial, and empowerment issues
Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond
Author: Darron T. Smith
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
This book tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from BYU’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and sport in college athletics. Weaving together the history of black athletes and the black Mormon experience, the book offers a powerful analysis of the challenges facing black athletes today.
Author: J. B. Priestley
Category: English drama
The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions. In this play an inspector interrupts a party to investigate a girl's suicide, and implicates each of the party-makers in her death.
A Sociology of the Spirit
Author: Werner Lange
Publisher: Xlibris Corp
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Spirituality is commonly neglected in contemporary sociology, and social reality is typically ignored in traditional theology. This book does just the opposite. It unites sociology and theology to lay the foundations for a sociotheology, an antidote to the failed paradigm of sociobiology so popular among modern social darwinists. It also exposes the limitations and flaws inherent in positivism and materialism, two philosophies which have dominated sociology for the past two centuries and, consequently, rendered social science largely inconsequential. Our conflicted times call for a new paradigm, one which restores the spiritual to its proper place in analysis of human behavior and social institutions. This book answers that call. Social Spirituality: A Sociology of The Spirit is only a beginning, a modest one, in exploring spirituality as a social force and restoring the inherent unity between sociology and theology. Though composed in a relatively short time span during the summer of 2005, this pioneering text represents the distillation of critical thought on society and religion gathered over many years of teaching sociology, preaching Christianity, and reaching for the truth in doing both. There is likely something in it to disturb, even offend, just about any political persuasion masquerading as religious conviction, for among its primary targets are hypocrisy and dogma. What the book aspires to reveal is truth about the human condition. And the truth, unlike academic departments and religious denominations seeking its revelation and transmission, is not compartmentalized and segmented into operational boxes convenient to bureaucracy. Nor is the truth monopolized by religion orscience. Yet a combination of the two, one which transcends traditional conceptual limitations imposed upon both by their conventional custodians, opens up new and exciting avenues of inquiry and insight. Such is the spiritual journey of intellectual exploration offered by this pioneering text. That fact alone separates this analysis of society from standard ones which clutter countless bookshelves in academe and bookstores in malls. It starts from the simple and sublime premise that humans are triune - body, mind and soul; and that to try to understand human behavior and ignore the spiritual is to embark upon the impossible. Accordingly, each chapter devotes itself to an analysis of the conflict between The Spirit and antispirit in society and its institutions. The socialization process, which is analyzed in the chapter on 'The Divine Child," is envisioned as a lifelong unfolding of spirituality identified as 'the seven days of spiritualization (majesty, security, creativity, productivity, intimacy, magnanimity, and mystery). The chapter on 'The Spiritual Self" goes beyond symbolic interactionism to understand not only the emergence of the mind from a brain but also the awakening of the soul in an individual. The chapter focusing on the family offers the concept of 'the essential family" as an illuminating alternative to nuclear family or traditional family. A host of social problems endemic to modern society which range from political corruption to vulture culture are thoroughly analyzed as a spiritual crisis in the chapter entitled 'The Spirit in Struggle." Particular attention is given to the current crisis in Christianity in American society. A chapter is devoted to a detailed andhighly critical analysis of 'Christianity in Reverse" with its contemporary heresies of Christian Nationalism, Christian Zionism, Christian Narcissism, and Christian Fascism. A subsequent chapter focuses on 'The Social Gospel" and its foundational principles of liberation, solidarity, compassion, social conversion, social justice, world peace, universal truth and agape love. The text concludes with a call for child supremacy as the hallmark of the coming supreme society and as a much-needed antidote to the violent supremacy of race, sex or
Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society
Author: David Sloan Wilson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
One of the great intellectual battles of modern times is between evolution and religion. Until now, they have been considered completely irreconcilable theories of origin and existence. David Sloan Wilson's Darwin's Cathedral takes the radical step of joining the two, in the process proposing an evolutionary theory of religion that shakes both evolutionary biology and social theory at their foundations. The key, argues Wilson, is to think of society as an organism, an old idea that has received new life based on recent developments in evolutionary biology. If society is an organism, can we then think of morality and religion as biologically and culturally evolved adaptations that enable human groups to function as single units rather than mere collections of individuals? Wilson brings a variety of evidence to bear on this question, from both the biological and social sciences. From Calvinism in sixteenth-century Geneva to Balinese water temples, from hunter-gatherer societies to urban America, Wilson demonstrates how religions have enabled people to achieve by collective action what they never could do alone. He also includes a chapter considering forgiveness from an evolutionary perspective and concludes by discussing how all social organizations, including science, could benefit by incorporating elements of religion. Religious believers often compare their communities to single organisms and even to insect colonies. Astoundingly, Wilson shows that they might be literally correct. Intended for any educated reader, Darwin's Cathedral will change forever the way we view the relations among evolution, religion, and human society.
From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond
Author: Robert Henry Nelson
Publisher: Penn State Press
Category: Business & Economics
In this study, Robert H. Nelson explores the genesis, the prophets, the prophesies, and the tenets of what he sees as a religion of economics that has come into full blossom in latter-day America. Nelson does not see &"theology&" as a bad word, and his examination of the theology underlying Samuelsonian and Chicagoan economics is not a put-down. It is a way of seeing the rhetoric of fundamental belief&—what has been called &"vision.&"
Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: Prometheus Books
A noted author and activist brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear in this polemic against the dark side of religion. Unlike some popular works by stridently outspoken atheists, this is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. Rather the author's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state. Parenti notes the deleterious effects of past theocracies and the threat to our freedoms posed by present-day fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. He discusses how socially conscious and egalitarian minded liberal religionists have often been isolated and marginalized by their more conservative (and better financed) coreligionists. Finally, he documents the growing strength of secular freethinkers who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers in public life. Historically anchored yet sharply focused on the contemporary scene, this eloquent indictment of religion’s dangers will be welcomed by committed secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike. From the Hardcover edition.
Individualism and Commitment in American Life
Author: Robert N. Bellah,Richard Madsen,William M. Sullivan,Ann Swidler,Steven M. Tipton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
First published in 1985, Habits of the Heart continues to be one of the most discussed interpretations of modern American society, a quest for a democratic community that draws on our diverse civic and religious traditions. In a new preface the authors relate the arguments of the book both to the current realities of American society and to the growing debate about the country's future. With this new edition one of the most influential books of recent times takes on a new immediacy.
Author: Donald B. Kraybill
Publisher: JHU Press
In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of "social capitalto his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.
A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media
Author: Bradley R.E. Ph.D. Wright
Publisher: Bethany House
According to the media, the church is rapidly shrinking, both in numbers and in effectiveness. But the good news is, much of the bad news is wrong. Sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright uncovers what's really happening in the church: evangelicals are more respected by secular culture now than they were ten years ago; divorce rates of Christians are lower than those who aren't affiliated with a religion; young evangelicals are active in the faith. Wright reveals to readers why and how statistics are distorted, and shows that God is still effectively working through his people today.
The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir
Author: Tim Parrish
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Fear and What Follows is a riveting, unflinching account of the author’s spiral into racist violence during the latter years of desegregation in 1960s and 1970s Baton Rouge. About the memoir, author and editor Michael Griffith writes, “This might be a controversial book, in the best way—controversial because it speaks to real and intractable problems and speaks to them with rare bluntness.” The narrative of Parrish’s descent into fear and irrational behavior begins with bigotry and apocalyptic thinking in his Southern Baptist church. Living a life upon this volatile foundation of prejudice and apprehension, Parrish feels destabilized by his brother going to Vietnam, his own puberty and restlessness, serious family illness, and economic uncertainty. Then a near-fatal street fight and subsequent stalking by an older sociopath fracture what security is left, leaving him terrified and seemingly helpless. Parrish comes to believe that he can only be safe by allying himself with brute force. This brute influence is a vicious, charismatic racist. Under this bigot’s terrible sway, Parrish turns to violence in the street and at school. He is even conflicted about whether he will help commit murder in order to avenge a friend. At seventeen he must reckon with all of this as his parents and neighbors grow increasingly afraid that they are “losing” their neighborhood to African Americans. Fear and What Follows is an unparalleled story of the complex roots of southern, urban, working-class racism and white flight, as well as a story of family, love, and the possibility of redemption.
Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
Category: Social Science
In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.
Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure
Author: Mark T. Mulder
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Since World War II, historians have analyzed a phenomenon of “white flight” plaguing the urban areas of the northern United States. One of the most interesting cases of “white flight” occurred in the Chicago neighborhoods of Englewood and Roseland, where seven entire church congregations from one denomination, the Christian Reformed Church, left the city in the 1960s and 1970s and relocated their churches to nearby suburbs. In Shades of White Flight, sociologist Mark T. Mulder investigates the migration of these Chicago church members, revealing how these churches not only failed to inhibit white flight, but actually facilitated the congregations’ departure. Using a wealth of both archival and interview data, Mulder sheds light on the forces that shaped these midwestern neighborhoods and shows that, surprisingly, evangelical religion fostered both segregation as well as the decline of urban stability. Indeed, the Roseland and Englewood stories show how religion—often used to foster community and social connectedness—can sometimes help to disintegrate neighborhoods. Mulder describes how the Dutch CRC formed an insular social circle that focused on the local church and Christian school—instead of the local park or square or market—as the center point of the community. Rather than embrace the larger community, the CRC subculture sheltered themselves and their families within these two places. Thus it became relatively easy—when black families moved into the neighborhood—to sell the church and school and relocate in the suburbs. This is especially true because, in these congregations, authority rested at the local church level and in fact they owned the buildings themselves. Revealing how a dominant form of evangelical church polity—congregationalism—functioned within the larger phenomenon of white flight, Shades of White Flight lends new insights into the role of religion and how it can affect social change, not always for the better.