American Sociology of Religion by Blasi, J., Anthony J. Blasi

By Blasi, J., Anthony J. Blasi

First ever choice of histories of yank sociology of faith, together with money owed of early dissertations alterations in conception, and reviews of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American faith.

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Families were patriarchal. The American pattern of courtship was replacing arranged marriage. Small formal weddings, in the American pattern, were replacing large communal celebrations of weddings. Janzen provides line graphs of marriage ages and bar graphs of age differences between brides and grooms. He notes a decrease from a high birth rate. The populace was morally observant, with any sexual immorality made public in the church congregations. Divorce followed by remarriage was rare; indeed it required one Àrst to leave the church.

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But when Parsons’s theory was gaining prominence in American sociology in the middle decades of the twentieth century, fundamentalism was in a marginal position and had not yet attained the cultural and political inÁuence that it has achieved since the 1980s. The mainstream denominations, in contrast, seemed to be more aligned with the emerging dynamics of modern society. Even though Parsons’s perspective has in many ways been relegated to the historical stage of American sociology, its implications regarding religion can be illustrated in Christian Smith’s (2005) analysis of adolescents’ religiosity.

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