Religion on the Edge


Religion on the Edge

Decentering and Recentering the Sociology of Religion

Oxford University Press. 2012

Co-edited with Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde


The thirteen essays in this volume challenge conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement with religion’s complex social consequences. Religion on the Edge offers groundbreaking new methodologies and models, bringing to light conceptual lacunae, re-centering what is unsettled by their use, and inviting a significant reordering of long-accepted political and economic hierarchies. The book shows how social scientists across the disciplines can engage with the sociology of religion. By challenging many of its long-standing empirical and analytic tendencies, the contributors to this volume show how their work informs and is informed by debates in other fields and the analytical purchase gained by bringing these many conversations together. Religion on the Edge will be a crucial resource for any scholar seeking to understand our post-modern, post-secular world.



Manuel A. Vásquez, Ates Altinordu, Michal Pagis, Paul Lichterman, Dawne Moon, Kelly H. Chong, Genevieve Zubryzycki, Jacqueline Hagan, Wendy Cadge, David Smilde, Peggy Levitt, Courtney Bender