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Sociology of Religion
A David Martin Reader
By David Martin Edited by Dedong Wei and Zhifeng Zhong
Sociologist David Martin has framed the secularization debate, guided Pentecostal studies, and shaped the scholarly study of religion. Martin’s work possesses both theoretical depth and global perspective. This reader celebrates his best and most important work. It is essential reading for scholars and students who want to learn more about modernization and cultural change, Pentecostalism and the Global South, peace and violence, religion and sociology, and theology and politics.
“This comprehensive expression of the work of David Martin, one of the world's leading sociologists of religion and practitioners of comparative sociology, is extremely welcome. It will prove particularly important to the Chinese reader seeking to understand the varied societies of Europe and the Americas, for the diverse histories of these countries including their politics, wars, and economic development have been shaped by religion.”
—Christie Davies, Emeritus Professor, University of Reading
"Given the enormous importance of Martin’s approach for the understanding of religious change, an initiative to collect selections from his works and some of his classic articles can only be welcomed. I find the selections completely convincing; the range of topics and the historical erudition of the author are breathtaking. The book will be a major contribution to the global scholarly and the wider public debates on religion."
—Hans Joas, Humboldt University, Berlin, and University of Chicago
David Martin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University, and Adjunct Professor at Liverpool Hope University.
Dedong Wei is Professor of Religious Studies, Deputy Dean of the School of Philosophy, and Director of International Center for Buddhist Studies at Renmin University of China.
Zhifeng Zhong is Research Fellow at the National Survey and Research Center and Advanced Institute for the Studies of Religion at Renmin University of China.