Readership: Students and scholars of the sociology of religion; of religious studies; of human geography; of cultural studies; of anthropology.
Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, University of Kent
"a lucid reconsideration of the concept of "the sacred", a term that has a rich vernacular life as well as a well-honed technical usage." - Bernice Martin, Times Literary Supplement
Introduction: Why do we need a sociology of the sacred?
1: Ontological and Durkheimian theories of the sacred
2: After Durkheim: the development of a cultural sociology of the sacred
3: Dominant and subjugated sacred forms: interpreting the systemic abuse and neglect of children in the Irish Industrial School system
4: The mediatization of the sacred: the BBC, Gaza and the DEC appeal
5: Living with the light and shadow of the sacred