Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion

50 Years after The Sacred Canopy

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Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion

How and why did The Sacred Canopy by Peter L. Berger (1929-2017) become a classic? How have scholars used Berger's ideas over the past 50 years since its publication? How are these ideas relevant to the future of the sociology of religion?

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Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion

How and why did The Sacred Canopy by Peter L. Berger (1929-2017) become a classic? How have scholars used Berger's ideas over the past 50 years since its publication? How are these ideas relevant to the future of the sociology of religion?

Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion explores these questions by providing a broad overview of Berger's work, as well as more focussed studies. The chapters discuss both aspects of Berger's classic text: the `systematic' sociological theorising on religion and the `historical' theorising on secularisation. The articles also critically examine Berger's reversal regarding secularisation and the suggested `desecularisation' of the world. The approaches range from disciplinary history to applications of Berger's ideas.

The book includes contributions from Nancy Ammerman, Steve Bruce, David Feltmate, Effie Fokas, Titus Hjelm, D. Paul Johnson, Hubert Knoblauch, Silke Steets, Riyaz Timol, and Bryan S. Turner.

List of Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion, Titus Hjelm (University College London, UK)
2 . Vulnerability and Plausibility Structures: Peter L. Berger, Arnold Gehlen and Philosophical Anthropology, Bryan S. Turner (The City University of New York, USA)
3. From Canopies to Conversations: The Continuing Significance of "Plausibility Structures", Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, USA)
4. The Sacred Canopy as a Global Construction Project: Incorporating both Emotional and Cognitive Resources, Doyle Paul Johnson (Independent scholar)
5. The Sacred Canopy as a Classic: Why Berger's Conceptual Apparatus Remains Foundational 50 Years Later, David Feltmate (Auburn University at Montgomery, USA)
6. Sacred Canopies and Invisible Religions: The Dialectical Construction of Religion in Berger and Luckmann, Hubert Knoblauch (The Technical University of Berlin, Germany) and Silke Steets (Leipzig University, Germany)
7. Secularization: From Sacred Canopies to Golf Umbrellas, Steve Bruce (University of Aberdeen, UK)
8. Islamic Revivalism and Europe's Secular `Sacred Canopy': Exploring the Debunking Capacity of Public Religion, Riyaz Timol (Cardiff University, UK)
9. Religious American and Secular European Courts, or vice versa? A study of institutional cross-pollination, Effie Fokas (Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Greece)
10. Assessing the Influence of The Sacred Canopy: A Missed Opportunity for Social Constructionism?, Titus Hjelm (University College London, UK)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

The first critical examination of the impact of Peter L. Berger's field-defining book The Sacred Canopy on the sociology of religion.

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