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A Sociology of Religious Emotion

Ole Riis and Linda Woodhead


This book aims to change the way we think about religion by putting emotion back onto the agenda. It challenges a tendency to over-emphasise rational aspects of religion, and rehabilitates its embodied, visceral, and affective dimensions. Against the view that religious emotion is a purely private matter, it offers a new framework which shows how religious emotions arise in the varied interactions between human agents and religious communities, human agents and objects of devotion, and communities and sacred symbols. It presents parallels and contrasts between religious emotions in European an ... More

Keywords: emotion, religious emotions, religious communities, human agents, sacred symbols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ole Riis, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Agder, Norway

Linda Woodhead, author
Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University