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

By Blasi, J., Anthony J. Blasi

First ever selection of histories of yank sociology of faith, together with debts of early dissertations alterations in concept, and reports of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American faith.

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Three chapters provide a history of the Kansas Mennonites. Chapter two traces the early Anabaptist history and the inÁuence of Meno Simons (1496–1561) in the Netherlands. Under conditions of persecution and restrictions, the movement in Prussia was required to conduct its formal activities in High German. Principles in the movement included a withdrawal from government and politics, paciÀsm, 13 Cornelius Cicero Janzen (b. 1887) had inside information about Mennonite life himself, having grown up in one of the Kansas Mennonite communities that he studied.

However, they soon settled on separate family farmsteads, in the American manner, and adopted American agricultural methods, which proved to be superior to those they knew from Russia. But they did retain the strains of wheat from Russia that were well adapted to the Great Plains environment. Chapter six describes the Kansas Mennonites’ political involvements. They only gradually became active citizens. In the post-Civil War era they tended to be Republicans and to oppose new political ideas such as women’s suffrage.

Parsons’s voluntaristic theory of social action emphasized individuals’ interests being shaped by the culture and their pursuit being regulated by shared ideals and normative commitments as well as the constraints and opportunities of their environment. This focus on shared values and norms was later incorporated into the framework for functional analysis that Parsons developed more systematically, beginning in the late 1940s (Parsons 1951, 1961, 1963, 1967; Parsons and Shils 1951). In this perspective shared cultural values are reÁected in the norms governing people’s actions as they perform their social roles in various institutional settings.

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