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Sociology of religion

Voas, David (2014) 'Sociology of religion.' In: Wright, James D, (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition). Elsevier, pp. 359-365. ISBN 978-0-08-097087-5

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Abstract

The sociology of religion is a branch of social science that aims to describe and explain religion in society through empirical investigation and testable theory. It is concerned with individual beliefs and behavior on the one hand and norms and institutions on the other, and with their reciprocal influences. Sociologists seek to explain how religion is affected by social forces and how religion affects other domains in society. This article is a replacement of the previous edition article by R. O'Toole, volume 19, pp. 13106–13112, © 2001, Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Church, Ethnicity, Fundamentalism, New religious movements, Public policy, Religion, Religiosity, Ritual, Sects, Secularization, Sociology, Spirituality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 14:40
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 10:13
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9661

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