David Martin (1929–2019) was an outstanding sociologist of religion, working in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics from 1962 until his formal retirement in 1989. From 1986 on, however, he became the Elizabeth Scurlock distinguished professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, combining this with an attachment to the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1990. Martin was the author of some 20 books and over 300 articles and had a profound influence on the sociology of religion in Britain and elsewhere. This entry considers his principal contributions to the field.

Martin came to sociology by an indirect route—a story told in the first chapter of The Education of David ...

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