The Sociology of the Sacred: A Conversation with Jeffrey Alexander

Lynch, Gordon and Sheldon, Ruth (2013) The Sociology of the Sacred: A Conversation with Jeffrey Alexander. Culture and Religion, 14 (3). pp. 253-267. ISSN 1475-5610. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14755610.2012.758163) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Over the past 20 years, Jeffrey C. Alexander has been a leading social theorist and a pioneer of the ‘strong program’ in cultural sociology, which emphasises the significance of cultural structures of meaning for social life. Following an introductory overview of his work, this article records a public conversation with Alexander about the role and significance of the concept of the sacred in his sociological work. Issues addressed in this conversation include situating Alexander's interest in the sacred in his intellectual biography (including his significant intellectual influences), the mistrust of the concept of the sacred within the wider sociological community, the universality of cultural structures of sacred meaning, the limitations of sociological analysis focused on sacred meaning and methodological approaches to the study of the sacred.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: N. Isaeva
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 10:06 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2015 09:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42363 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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