The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 55: Religion and Politics
In a famous Court case in the United States in the 1980s (Mozert v. Hawkins 1987), a group of conservative Christians objected to their children using a particular collection of stories that were said to advocate witchcraft and moral relativism. One of the stories they objected to was the John Godfrey Saxe parable of the blind, wise men feeling various parts of an elephant and exclaiming that they knew the truth of the creature, ‘Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right And all were in the wrong!’ Scholars are not often blind to the complex realities of religion in public life, but ...