Professor Philip Mellor

Professor Philip Mellor

Professor of Religion and Social Theory

+44 (0)113 343 3507

Summary: Religion in social and cultural theory; embodiment, Christian theology and sociology; Durkheimian studies; problems of theory and method in the study of religion.

Overview

Research Interests

Religion in social and cultural theory; embodiment, Christian theology and sociology; Durkheimian studies; problems of theory and method in the study of religion.

Research Supervision

Professor Mellor currently supervises research students working on sociological and theological models of citizenship, Derrida and Adorno's theories of religion, religion and violence, death rituals, Habermas's theories of public space, Japanese religion and the cultural consquences of prayer as a form of social action.

He would welcome applications from students wishing to conduct research in the sociology of religion, cultural theory, sociological and theological dialogue, and theories of religion and embodiment.

Teaching

  • Religion in Modern Britain
  • Sociology of Religion I and II
  • Religion, Society and Public Life

Publications

Religion, Realism and Social Theory: Making Sense of Society, pp.224, London: Sage Publications/Theory, Culture and Society Series, 2004. ISBN: 0 7619 4865 1

The Sociological Ambition: Elementary Forms of Social and Moral Life, (with Chris Shilling), pp.237, London: Sage Publications/Theory, Culture and Society Series, 2001 ISBN: 0 7619 6549 1

Re-forming the Body: Religion, Community and Modernity, (with Chris Shilling), pp.234, London: Sage Publications/ Theory, Culture and Society Series, 1997. ISBN: 0 8039 7723 9

Other recent publications include:

  • Chris Shilling and Philip A. Mellor, ‘Making Things Sacred: Retheorising the Nature and Function of Sacrifice in Modernity’, Journal of Classical Sociology (forthcoming, 2013).
  • Chris Shilling and Philip A. Mellor, ‘Retheorising Emile Durkheim on society and religion: embodiment, intoxication and collective life’, The Sociological Review, 59(1): 17-41, 2011.
  • Chris Shilling and Philip A. Mellor, ‘Saved from pain or saved through pain? Modernity, instrumentalization and the religious use of pain as a body technique’, European Journal of Social Theory, 13(4):521-537, 2010.
  • Chris Shilling C and Philip A. Mellor ‘Sociology and the Problem of Eroticism, Sociology, 44(3):435-452, 2010.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Body Pedagogics and the Religious Habitus: A New Direction for the Sociological Study of Religion’, Religion, 40(1):27-38, 2010.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘The Religious Habitus: Religion, Embodiment and Sociological Theory’, in B.S. Turner (ed.) The New Routledge Companion to the Sociology of Religion, London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Durkheim’, in G. Oppy and N. Trakakis (eds.) The History of the Western Philosophy of Religion: Acumen Publishing, 2009.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Embodiment, Emotion and Religious Experience: Religion, Culture and the Charismatic Body’, in J.A.Beckford and N.J. Demerath (eds.), The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion: London: Sage, 2007, pp.587-607.
  • ‘Cultures of Embodied Experience: technology, religion and body pedagogics’, The Sociological Review, 55(3), 2007, pp. 531-550.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Religion as an Elementary Aspect of Society: Durkheim’s Legacy for Social Theory, in J.A, Beckford and J. Wallis (eds.), Religion and Social Theory. London: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Philip A. Mellor, Religion, Realism and Social Theory: Making Sense of Society, pp.224, London: Sage Publications/Theory, Culture and Society Series, 2004.(Translated into Chinese as ‘Making Sense of Society’, and published by Peking University Press, 2009).
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Religion, Culture and Society in the “Information Age”’, Sociology of Religion, 65(4): 357-371, 2004.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Orientalism, representation and religion: the reality behind the myth’, Religion, 34, pp.99-112, 2004.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Sacred Love: Religion, Marriage and L’amour fou’, in A. Thatcher (ed.) Celebrating Christian Marriage: New Hopes, New Agendas, pp.119-141, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2002.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘In Defence of Durkheim: Sociology, the Sacred and ‘Society’, Durkheimian Studies/Études Durkheimiennes, Vol. 8., n.s., pp.15-34, 2002.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Durkheim, Morality and Modernity: Collective Effervescence, homo duplex and the sources of moral action’ in P. Beilharz (ed.), Zygmunt Bauman, Masters of Modern Social Thought Series, Volume 3, Part 5. London: Sage, 2002.
  • Chris Shilling and Philip A. Mellor, The Sociological Ambition: Elementary Forms of Social and Moral Life, pp.237, London: Sage Publications/Theory, Culture and Society Series, 2001.(Translated into Chinese, and published by Peking University Press, 2009).
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Sacred Contagion and Social Vitality: Collective Effervescence in Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse’, in W.S.F Pickering (ed.) Emile Durkheim III. Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists, Section III, No. 22, pp.187-205, London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Durkheim, Morality and Modernity: Collective Effervescence, homo duplex and the sources of moral action’, in W.S.F. Pickering (ed.), Emile Durkheim III. Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists, Section V, No. 44, London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Embodiment, Structuration Theory and Modernity: Mind/Body Dualism and the Repression of Sensuality’, in G. A. Bryant and D. Jary (eds.), The Contemporary Giddens: Social Theory in a Globalizing Age, pp. 130-146, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Social Sciences’, in A. Hastings, H.S. Pyper and A. Mason (eds.), Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, pp.678-680, Oxford: OUP, 2000.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Rational Choice or Sacred Contagion? ‘Rationality’, ‘Nonrationality’ and Religion’, Social Compass, 47 (2): pp. 265-281, 2000.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Sacred Contagion and Social Vitality: Collective Effervescence in Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse’, Durkheimian Studies/Études Durkheimiennes, Vol. 4., n.s., pp. 87-113, 1998.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Lorsque l’on jette de l’huile sur le feu ardent: sécularisation, homo duplex et retour du sacré’, Social Compass, 45 (2): pp.297-320, 1998.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Durkheim, Morality and Modernity: Collective Effervescence, homo duplex and the sources of moral action’, The British Journal of Sociology, 49 (2): pp. 193-209, 1998.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, Re-forming the Body: Religion, Community and Modernity, pp.234, London: Sage Publications/ Theory, Culture and Society Series, 1997. (Translated into Chinese and published by Liaohai Publishing, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, 2001).
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Confluent Love and the Cult of the Dyad: The Pre-Contractual Foundations of Modern Contractarian Relationships’, in Jon Davies and Gerard McLoughlin (eds.), Sex These Days, pp.51-78, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Embodiment, Structuration Theory and Modernity: Mind/Body Dualism and the Repression of Sensuality, Body and Society, Vol. 2, No.4, pp.1-15, 1996.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Reflexive Traditions: Anthony Giddens, High Modernity and the Contours of Contemporary Religiosity’, in Christopher Bryant and David Jary (eds.), Anthony Giddens: Critical Assessments, Vol. IV, London: Routledge, 1996.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Embodiment, Autobiography and Corporeal Knowledge’, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, No.4, pp.1-17, 1996.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Embodiment, Auto/biography and Carnal Knowing: The Protestant Template and Modern Self-Identities’, in ‘Lives and Works: Autobiographical Occasions’, Special Edition of Auto/Biography, Vol. 3, Nos. 1 and 2, pp.115-128, 1995.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Reflexive Modernity and the Religious Body’, Religion, Vol. 24, pp.23-42, 1994.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Death in High Modernity: The Contemporary Presence and Absence of Death’, David Clark (ed.) The Sociology of Death, Sociological Review Monograph No.40, pp.11-30, Oxford: Blackwell/ The Sociological Review, 1993.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Reflexive Traditions: Anthony Giddens, High Modernity and the Contours of Contemporary Religiosity’, Religious Studies, Vol. 29, pp. 111-127, 1993.
  • Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling, ‘Modernity, Self-Identity and the Sequestration of Death’, Sociology, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 411-431, 1993.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Regionalisation and the Theology of Space’, New Blackfriars, Vol. 73, No. 860, pp. 276-284, 1992.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘The FWBO and Tradition: A Reply to Dharmachari Subhuti’, Religion, Vol. 22, pp.104-107, 1992.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘System Reproduction and Catholic Social Thought: An Engagement with the Social Theory of Anthony Giddens, First Annual Conference on Human Values, Vol. 1, pp.150-166, 1992.
  • Philip A. Mellor (ed.), Extended Essays: Ethics, pp. 150, Southport: The Christian Theology Trust/Gowland and Co, 1991.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Conscience’ in Philip A. Mellor (ed.) Ethics: Extended Essays, pp.26-40, Southport: The Christian Theology Trust, 1991.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Protestant Buddhism? The Cultural Translation of Buddhism in England’, Religion, Vol. 21, pp. 73-92, 1991.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Self and Suffering: Deconstruction and Reflexive Definition in Buddhism and Christianity’, Religious Studies, Vol. 27, pp. 49-63, 1991.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘The Virgin Birth and the Theology of Beauty’, The Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 196-208, 1991.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘Objective Form and Subjective Content: Marriage and the Transcendence of Self in Roman Catholic Theology’, The Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 136-149, 1990.
  • Philip A. Mellor, ‘The Application of the Theories of Michel Foucault to Problems in the Study of Religion’, Theology, Vol. XCI, No. 744, pp.484-493, 1988.