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Religion and Culture

Religion and Culture

Religion and culture are the subjects of two overlapping subfields within sociology. The sociology of religion explores how religion operates within other arenas of social life, such as culture, family, economy, and politics, and it investigates the social processes associated with religious transformation, such as modernization, migration, and social movements. It also examines the conditions under which religion serves as a source of either social cohesion or social conflict.

The sociology of culture asks foundational questions of what “culture” is and how it operates in groups, communities, institutions, and entire societies. The subfield comprises a number of distinct areas of study including science, knowledge, religion, popular culture, media, and the arts. Sociologists view culture as something that is produced both by ordinary people and by groups and institutions with varying degrees of authority and power.

Fordham sociologists who focus on religion and culture conduct research and teach courses on a diversity of topics. Those who study religion explore how it is related to social phenomena such as globalization, human rights, gender socialization, and inequality. Our sociologists of culture are interested in modern and post-modern identities, ethnic and religious communities, global civil society, and the social and political roles of media and the arts.

Faculty in this area: Avishai; BushFader; Gautney; McCarthy; McGee; Rhomberg; Rodriguez, C.; Sawalha

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