Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2012 religion and canadian society 2e cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
400 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304069
eBook ISBN: 9781551305066
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Overview

This text offers an outstanding selection of readings that represent an overview of the key issues in the sociology of religion from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Masterfully planned and united by clearly articulated themes, the second edition moves through three thematic cornerstones: contexts, identities, and strategies. Recurring sub-themes include the definition of religion, the secularization debate, the challenge of diversity, and the gendered aspects of religious experience. Key additions to this edition include a discussion on cultural diversity, an exploration of religion and sexuality, and a thorough historical overview of religion in Canada.


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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part I: Contexts
Chapter 1: Religion in Canada: Its Development and Contemporary Situation – Roger O’Toole
Chapter 2: From Far and Wide: Canadian Religious and Cultural Diversity in Global Local Context – Peter Beyer
Chapter 3: Dimorphs and Cobblers: Ways of being Religious in Canada – William Closson James
Chapter 4: Sanctuaires catholique au Quebec – Solange Lefebvre
Chapter 5: Is there a ‘Renaissance’ or Religion in Canada? A Critical look at Bibby and beyond – Joel Thiessen and Lorne L. Dawson
Chapter 6: Suburban Muslims: 2004 Debates Outside Toronto and Paris – Jennifer Selby

Part II: Identities
Chapter 7: It’s All About Sex: The Opposition of some Canadian Churches to Gay and Lesbian Marriages – Pamela Dickey Young
Chapter 8: Still Separated from the Mainstream: A Hassidic Community Revisited – William Shaffir
Chapter 9: Transforming Pentecostalism: the Migration of Pentecostals to Canada – Michael Wilkinson
Chapter 10: More Than Clothing: Veiling as an Adaptive Strategy – Homa Hoodfar
Chapter 11: ‘A Religion Without Converts’ Revisited: Individuals, Identity and Community in Contemporary Paganism – Sian Reid
Chapter 12: Aboriginal Spirituality and the Legal Construction of Freedom of Religion – Lori G. Beaman
Chapter 13: One-dimensional rage: the social epistemology of the new atheism and Fundamentalism – William A. Stahl

Part III: Strategies
Chapter 14: A Letter to Students – Rubina Ramji
Chapter 15: Christianity and the Experience of Domestic Violence: What does faith have to do with it? – Nancy Nason-Clark
Chapter 16: Religion and Public Policy in Canada: An Itinerary – Paul Bramadat
Chapter 17: Education, Multiculturalism, and Religion – David Seljak
Chapter 18: Caught up in Cult Wars: Confessions of a Canadian Researcher – Susan J. Palmer
Chapter 19: The Revolution of Evolution – Heather Eaton
Chapter 20: Online Religion in Canada – Christopher Helland

Lori G. Beaman

Lori G. Beaman is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Religion and Diversity Project. She is also a Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada.


Reviews

"Lori Beaman has assembled a balanced collection of some of the best essays available on essential aspects of the contemporary religious life of Canadians. Canadian scholars will find it a convenient and excellent resource for courses dealing with the sociology of religion and religion and society in general."
—  Lorne L. Dawson, University of Waterloo

"Lori Beaman has assembled a balanced collection of some of the best essays available on essential aspects of the contemporary religious life of Canadians. Canadian scholars will find it a convenient and excellent resource for courses dealing with the sociology of religion and religion and society in general."

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