author meets critics: nancy davis and rob robinson on religious movements in the west
A few weeks ago, we discussed Claiming Society for God, Davis and Robinson’s new book on religious movements in the West. I’d like to use the blog to try something new – author meets critic on the Internet. Usually, if you aren’t at a conference, you’ll probably miss your chance to speak to authors of new research. The internet solves the problem.
The format is simple. Use the comments (or email) to ask Nancy and Rob any question you have about the book or its themes (religious movements, social protest, civil society, Christianity/Judaism/Islam). In a few days, the authors will respond to your comments and questions. You can also peruse the book’s Facebook site. Consider this an opportunity to ask two leading sociologists about a very important issue.
I’ll start: In the book, Davis and Robinson present their analysis as a major alternative to current social movement theory, which focuses on challenger-incumbent disputes within social fields. What is the major variable in the alternative? “Grassroots cooptation?”
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