© 2016

Handbook of Religion and Society

  • David Yamane

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Yamane
    Pages 1-7
  3. Religion and Social Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Terrence D. Hill, Matt Bradshaw, Amy M. Burdette
      Pages 11-28
    3. Jerry Z. Park, Kevin D. Dougherty, Mitchell J. Neubert
      Pages 29-46
    4. Kathleen C. Oberlin
      Pages 47-65
    5. David Yamane
      Pages 67-87
    6. David Sikkink, Jonathan Hill
      Pages 89-115
    7. Stewart M. Hoover, Seung Soo Kim
      Pages 117-130
  4. Religious Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Tricia C. Bruce, Josh Packard
      Pages 155-175
    3. Christopher Helland
      Pages 177-196
    4. Giuseppe Giordan
      Pages 197-216
  5. Family, Life Course, and Individual Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Kathleen E. Jenkins
      Pages 219-239
    3. Richard J. Petts, Scott A. Desmond
      Pages 241-262
    4. Neal Krause
      Pages 263-280
    5. Matthew T. Loveland
      Pages 281-300
    6. Ryan T. Cragun
      Pages 301-320

About this book


The Handbook of Religion and Society is the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of a vital force in the world today. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, policy makers, and other professionals seeking to understand the role of religion in society. This includes both the social forces that shape religion and the social consequences of religion.

This handbook captures the breadth and depth of contemporary work in the field, and shows readers important future directions for scholarship. Among the emerging topics covered in the handbook are biological functioning, organizational innovation, digital religion, spirituality, atheism, and transnationalism. The relationship of religion to other significant social institutions like work and entrepreneurship, science, and sport is also analyzed. Specific attention is paid, where appropriate, to international issues as well as to race, class, sexuality, and gender differences.

This handbook includes 27 chapters  by a distinguished, diverse, and international collection of experts, organized into 6 major sections: religion and social institutions; religious organization; family, life course, and individual change; difference and inequality; political and legal processes; and globalization and transnationalism.


Atheism and Religion Deviance and Social Control Difference and Inequality Digital Religion Religion and Adoleschence and Emerging Adulthood Religion and Aging Religion and Crime Religion and Family Religion and Individual Change Religion and Organizational Innovation Religion and Political Processes Religion and Social Institutions Religious Organization Social Consequences of Religion Spirituality and Religion Sports and Religion The Social Forces Shaping Religion Understanding the Role of Religion in Society

Editors and affiliations

  • David Yamane
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

About the editors

David Yamane is a Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. Yamane’s primary scholarly interest has been in sociologically understanding organized religion, particularly Roman Catholicism in the postwar United States. His books in this area include The Catholic Church in State Politics: Negotiating Prophetic Demands and Political Realities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), a study of the role of conferences of Catholic bishops in state legislative politics; Real Stories of Christian Initiation: Lessons for and from the RCIA (The Liturgical Press, 2006), five case studies of the process by which individuals are initiated into the Roman Catholic church; and Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Yamane has previously served as Editor of as of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2006-2010) and Associate Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2012-2015). He also edited Richard Schoenherr’s posthumous book, Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2002), and co-authored with Keith Roberts the 6th edition of the best-selling sociology of religion textbook Religion in Sociological Perspective (Sage Publications, 2015).

Bibliographic information


“Editor Yamane has assembled the contributions of 26 authors who assess the state of current theory and research and expand the scope of the analysis of religion and society to include discussions of racial, ethnic, gender, and class diversity in a global context. … An indispensable resource for undergraduates and advanced scholars who seek short, cogent essays that will introduce them to the subspecialties of the sociology of religion. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” (J. H. Rubin, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)