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Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective (Sociology for a New Century Series) (English) Second Edition (Paperback): Book by Lester R. Kurtz

Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective (Sociology for a New Century Series) (English) Second Edition (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9781412927154    Publisher: Sage Publications Year of publishing: 2006     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 352        Language: English
This book is designed as a primary or supplementary textbook in courses on the sociology of religion courses offered at major 4 year colleges and universities. Due to the high level of interest in religion...Read more
This book is designed as a primary or supplementary textbook in courses on the sociology of religion courses offered at major 4 year colleges and universities. Due to the high level of interest in religion and religious conflict and an increased interest in religion on a global scale this book will also be adopted in introductory sociology social movements and social problems courses. Religious conflict linked with ethnic and cultural differences are part of the everyday discussion in classrooms and on campuses around the world. This book directly responds to issues of social problems and issues prevalent in the world today in a style that is both authoritative and attention-getting. A current user of Gods in The Global Village said "the bottom line is this is a terrific book the best I've found for this course in twenty years of teaching. It reflects solid scholarship but is written in an accessible style and addresses what I believe are the most important issues in our world today. It offers what I want my students to learn! I look forward to the revised edition which I will certainly use in my class."
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About the author: Lester R. Kurtz
Lester R. Kurtz is Professor of Public Sociology at George Masonthe University of Texas at Austin where he teaches the comparative sociology of religion... Read more
Lester R. Kurtz is Professor of Public Sociology at George Masonthe University of Texas at Austin where he teaches the comparative sociology of religion peace and conflict social movements globalization and both Western and non-Western social theory. He lectures regularly at the European Peaee University and was previously Director of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. and He holds a master's in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He is editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Violence Peace & Conflict (Elsevier) coeditor of Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective (Blackwell) and coeditor of The Web of Violence: From Interpersonal to Global (University of Illinois Press). He is the author of numerous books and articles on religion and conflict peace including The Nuclear Cage: A Sociology of the Arms Race (Prentice Hall) and The Politics of Heresy: The Modernist Crisis in Roman Catholicism (University of California Press) which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books titled Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs as well as a documentary film Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence with James Otis.
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