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Bruce, Steve 1954-

Works: 77 works in 520 publications in 3 languages and 14,063 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Dictionaries  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steve Bruce
Secularization : in defence of an unfashionable theory by Steve Bruce( )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The decline in power, popularity, and prestige of religion across the modern world is not a short-term or localized trend nor is it an accident. It is a consequence of subtle but powerful features of modernization"--Publisher description, p. [4] of dust jacket
God is dead : secularization in the West by Steve Bruce( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this defence of the secularization paradigm, Bruce elaborates just what Weber, Durkheim, Berger and Wilson thought was happening to religion in the West, and responds to critics of this concept
The Sage dictionary of sociology by Steve Bruce( )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With over 1000 entries on key concepts and theorists, The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology provides full coverage of the field, clarifying the technical use of apparently common words, explaining the fundamentals concepts, and introducing new and unfamiliar terms. A humorous, enjoyable read, this book provides authoritative, reliable definitions, accessible 'digests' of key arguments, contemporary, and appealing illustrations of points.--[Publisher description]
The rise and fall of the new Christian right : conservative Protestant politics in America, 1978-1988 by Steve Bruce( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociology : a very short introduction by Steve Bruce( Book )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations, this book explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual, and demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world."
God save Ulster : the religion and politics of Paisleyism by Steve Bruce( Book )

22 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Paisley - Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster - Clergy in Northern Ireland
Religion in the modern world : from cathedrals to cults by Steve Bruce( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world 'pick and mix' their own religions. This book offers a comprehensive sociological description of modern changes in religious life
Fundamentalism by Steve Bruce( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and Polish and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new study explores the combination of social strains and religious ideas that have produced such fundamentalist movements as the Islamic revolution in Iran and the new Christian Right in the USA." "Social science has generally focused on the social circumstances that produce extremist movements and regarded their religious ideologies as window-dressing. This study takes the religious elements of fundamentalism seriously. It explains why some religions are more likely than others to produce fundamentalism and why those movements differ in their willingness to use violence to pursue their goals. Rejecting the idea that fundamentalists are suffering from some kind of abnormal psychology, Bruce claims that fundamentalism is a rational response of traditionally religious people to social, political and economic changes that downgrade the role of religion in public life. Despite its importance as a symptom of rapid social change, he concludes that fundamentalism does not pose a serious challenge or sustainable alternative to the secular and liberal democracy of most Western societies. Its force is weakened by its own internal contradictions and blunted by the power of the nation state." "This book will be essential reading for students of the sociology of religion and religious studies."--Jacket
The edge of the union : the Ulster loyalist political vision by Steve Bruce( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Northern Ireland 'Troubles', Ulster's once dominant unionists are an increasingly alienated people. In this timely assessment of the prospects for peace, Steve Bruce examines the embittered world-view of two key sections of Ulster unionism: the loyalist terrorists and the evangelical supporters of Ian Paisley. To get to the heart of the unionist position he asks how they see the last twenty-five years, what they want from the future, what they think they will get, what they will accept, and what they will fight to oppose. Professor Bruce describes the Troubles as a deeply entrenched ethnic conflict. He argues that a failure to appreciate the strength of loyalist identity has prevented a proper understanding of the Troubles and that continued neglect of the majority makes strategies for peace pointless or counter-productive
Why are women more religious than men? by Marta Trzebiatowska( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Women are more religious than men. Despite being excluded from leadership positions, in almost every culture and religious tradition, women are more likely than men to pray, to worship, and to claim that their faith is important to them. Women also dominate the world of 'New Age' spirituality and are far more superstitious than men. This book reviews the now-sizeable body of social research to consider if the gender gap in religion is indeed universal. Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce extensively critique competing explanations of the differences found. They conclude that the gender gap is not the result of biology but is rather the consequence of important social differences overlapping and reinforcing each other. Responsibility for managing birth, child-rearing and death, for example, and attitudes to the body, illness, and health, each play a part. In the West, the gender gap is exaggerated because the social changes that undermined the plausibility of religion bore most heavily on men first. Where the lives of men and women become more similar, and where religious indifference grows, the gender gap gradually disappears. Written in an accessible style whilst drawing some robust conclusions, the book's main purpose is to serve as a state-of-the-art review for those interested in one of the largest differences between male and female behaviour."--Jacket
Scottish Gods : religion in modern Scotland, 1900-2012 by Steve Bruce( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steve Bruce explores Scotland's transformation from the largely devout Presbyterian country of 1900, with the church as a major social force, to the diverse, more secular society of today, when less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church. He bases his study on a career's worth of historical, ethnographic and statistical research, to provide both a coherent description of Scotland's current religious complexion and a considered explanation of the forces that shaped it. Scottish Gods is both a fascinating summary of over a century of religious and cultural change, and a searing analysis of the state of religion in Scotland today by one of our leading social historians
The red hand : Protestant paramilitaries in Northern Ireland by Steve Bruce( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self-proclaimed defenders of Ulster, condemned by their opponents as thugs and murderers, Protestant paramilitaries have been responsible for around half of the civilian casualties in Ulster. Their operations have succeeded on occasion in subverting major political initiatives and have even brought down a government. Yet despite the familiarity of such names as the UDA, the UVF, the Red Hand commando, and the Shankhill Butchers, such groups remain little studied and poorly understood. This book, the first comprehensive study of loyalist terrorism in Ulster, draws on extensive interviews with terrorists conducted by the author, to assemble the most accurate picture possible of their methods and motives. Steve Bruce examines all aspects of their organizations from their origins and background, to the way in which they recruit their members, raise funds, and select and execute their terrorist operations. He also discusses claims that the security forces have at times turned a blind eye to the Protestant paramilitaries' activities. Bruce concludes by arguing that the paradoxical nature of pro-state terrorism - which seeks to maintain, rather than overturn, state power by violent means - informs every significant aspect of the loyalists' activities. In addition to being an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between terrorism and the modern state, The Red Hand is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain a fuller understanding of Northern Ireland's present Troubles
Religion and modernization : sociologists and historians debate the secularization thesis by Steve Bruce( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collection is completed with a response by Bryan Wilson, for many the chief advocate of the secularization account of religious change. Even where historians and sociologists cannot agree, Religion and Modernization has the great value of clarifying the arguments and pointing the way toward their resolution
Conservative Protestant politics by Steve Bruce( Book )

14 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines the place and nature of religion in industrial societies through a comparative analysis of conservative Protestant politics in a variety of societies
Pray TV : televangelism in America by Steve Bruce( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paisley : religion and politics in Northern Ireland by Steve Bruce( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Revd Ian Paisley is unique in having founded both a successful church and a successful and hugely influential political party. Steve Bruce traces Paisley's career and his impact on Ulster politics, and in doing so poses vital questions concerning the relationship between politics and society
Choice and religion : a critique of rational choice theory by Steve Bruce( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Choice and Religion provides a detailed critique of 'rational choice' to demonstrate that industrialisation has secularised the western world and that diversity, far from making religion more popular by allowing individuals to maximize their returns, undermines it. The claim that competition promotes religion is refuted with evidence from a wide variety of western societies. Bruce also examines the Nordic countries and the ex-communist states of eastern Europe to explore the consequences of different sorts of state regulation, and to show that ethnicity is a more powerful determinate of religious change than market structures
Politics and religion by Steve Bruce( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steve Bruce draws on material from all over the world and from all religious traditions to explore the complex links between religion and politics. He shows that, while social, economic and political circumstances shape the political choices and actions of believers, religion still matters
Religion in modern Britain by Steve Bruce( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A house divided : protestantism, schism, and secularization by Steve Bruce( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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God is dead : secularization in the West
God is dead : secularization in the WestThe Sage dictionary of sociologySociology : a very short introductionReligion in the modern world : from cathedrals to cultsFundamentalismThe edge of the union : the Ulster loyalist political visionReligion and modernization : sociologists and historians debate the secularization thesisConservative Protestant politics
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브루스, 스티브

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