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Gods in the Global Village: World's Religions in a Sociological Perspective

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ISBN: 9780803990371    Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc Year of publishing: 1995     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 304        
The multicultural interests of today's diverse student population are reflected in this book which, treats classic issues in the sociology of religion in a variety of religious contexts and considers the global...Read more
The multicultural interests of today's diverse student population are reflected in this book which, treats classic issues in the sociology of religion in a variety of religious contexts and considers the global interconnections between beliefs and believers. Kurtz thus helps students understand the interplay between social change and religion. As provocative as it is informative, this book will spark discussion and re-examination of our conventional understandings of the role of religion in the postmodern and modern world.
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About the author: Lester R. Kurtz
Lester R. Kurtz is professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict,... Read more
Lester R. Kurtz is professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict, and both western and nonwestern social theory. He was previously director of Religious Studies at Texas and holds a Master's in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is the editor of a 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic/Elsevier), co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell's), and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois Press). He is the author of numerous books and articles on religion and peace, including The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall) and The Politics of Heresy (U. of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books on Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs, as well as a documentary film, "Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence," with James Otis. Dr. Kurtz is the past chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.
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