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  • On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life.
    Froese, Paul (2016)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning
  • Sense of divine involvement and sense of meaning in life: Religious tradition as a contingency.
    Jung, Jong Hyun (2015)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54:1: 119-133.

    Analyzes 2007 Baylor Religion Survey (U.S.A.) data; a sense of divine involvement & of meaning in life correlate among the Christian groups but not among others. A sense of divine involvement is the belief that god desires a connection with individuals.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Belief; God, image of
  • Talking to God among a cloud of witnesses: Collective prayer as a meaningful performance.
    Fuist, Todd Nicholas (2015)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54:3: 523-538.

    Based on field work in several politically progressive religious organizations in Seattle & Chicago. Collective prayer represents a social performance that locates those who pray within wider fields of meaning.

    Associated Search Terms: Culture; Meaning; Participant observation; Prayer
  • Awe of God, congregational embeddedness, and religious meaning in life.
    Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward (2015)
    Review of Religious Research 57:2: 219-238.

    Analyzes panel survey data (1st wave 2001) from Christian Americans. Worship participation predicts awe of God, which in turn predicts sharing common values with congregants, which in turn predicts a sense of belongingness, which predicts a sense of meaning in life.

    Associated Search Terms: Emotion; Congregation; God, emotions toward; Panel study; Parish; Practice; Meaning
  • The Karel Dobbelaere lecture: From the study of religions to the study of meaning systems.
    Dobbelaere, Karel (2014)
    Social Compass 61:2: 219-233.

    Calls for a change in the sociology of religion--its expansion to the study of meaning systems.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Sociology of religion
  • El sentido de la adhesion. Un análisis de la construcción de significandos en el marco de situaciones sociales evangélicas y terapéuticas alternativas (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
    Bordes, Mariana, and Joaquín Algranti (2014)
    Revista Colombiana de Antropología 50:2: 123-145.

    Associated Search Terms: Argentina, Buenos Aires; Medical; Meaning; Healing; Evangelical, Argentina; Belonging, sense of
  • Images of a loving God and sense of meaning in life.
    Stroope, Samuel, Scott Draper, and Andrew L. Whitehead (2013)
    Social Indicators Research 111:1:25-44.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; God, image of
  • Do people who believe in God report more meaning in their lives? The existential effects of belief.
    Cranney, Stephen (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:3: 638-646.

    Analyzes 1998 & 2008 General Social Survey data (U.S.A.); belief in God is related statistically to a sense of purpose in life.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; United States; Belief
  • The History of Meaning.
    Swatos, William H., Jr. (2011)
    In Barbara Jones Denison (ed.) History, Time, Meaning, and Memory. Ideas for the Sociology of Religion. Leiden: Brill, pp. 47-63.

    Meaning, which joins percepts diachronically & synchronically from both the scholar's perspective and that of the people under study, necessitates the union of history & sociology. This is true in the sociology of religion as in other social & historical studies.

    Associated Search Terms: Methodology; Comparative; Historical; Meaning
  • Reported Contact with the Dead, Religious Involvement, and Death Anxiety in Late Life.
    Krause, Neal (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 53:5: 347-364.

    Analyzes 2001 interview data from Americans aged 66+; perceived contact with the dead promotes a sense of social connectedness, which in turn promotes religious meaningfulness, which reduces death anxiety.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Gerontology; Paranormal; Death anxiety
  • Stress, Religious-based Coping, and Physical Health.
    Krause, Neal (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 208-237.

    General conceptualization of the role of rleigion in buffering stress & coping with it. Focuses on church-based social support, religious coping responses, prayer, religiously-oriented feelings of control, & a religious sense of meaning in life.

    Associated Search Terms: Social support; Stress; Coping; Health; Meaning; Control, sense of; Prayer
  • Spirit Matters: How Making Sense of Life Affects Wellbeing.
    Kaldor, Peter, Philip Hughes, and Alan Black (2010)
    Melbourne, Australia: Mosaic Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Well-being
  • Religion and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life.
    Krause, Neal (2010)
    In Christopher G. Ellison and Robert A. Hummer (eds.) Religion, Families, and Health. Population-Based Research in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 229-247.

    Analyzes 2001 inteview data from American seniors. Church-based social support enhances a sense of meaning in life which in turn inversely affects depression symptoms.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Social support; Meaning; Gerontology; Depression
  • The social foundation of religious meaning in life.
    Krause, Neal (2008)
    Research on Aging 30;4: 395-427.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Gerontology
  • Passes et impasses de la jeunesse. Enjeux de la quête de sens.
    Raymond Lemieux (2008)
    In François Gauthier and Jean-Philippe Perreault (eds.) Jeunes et religion au Québec. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 29-42.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Youth
  • On the failure of "meaning": Bible reading in the anthropology of Christianity.
    Bielo, James S. (2008)
    Culture and Religion 9: 1-21.

    Associated Search Terms: Bible reading; Meaning
  • Meaning, God, and prayer; Physical and metaphysical aspects of social support.
    Ladd, Kevin L., and Daniel N. McIntosh (2008)
    Mental health, Religion, and Culture 11: 23-38.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Prayer; Social support
  • Speaking personally: Women making meaning through subjectivised belief.
    Eccles, Janet (2008)
    In Abby Day (ed.) Religion and the Individual. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 19-32.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Subjectivism; Individualism; Women
  • Passes et Impasses de la Jeunesse. Enjeux de la Quête de Sens.
    Lemieux, Raymond (2008)
    In François Gauthier and Jean-Philippe Perreault (eds.) Jeunes et religion au Québec. Québec: Presses Universitaires du Laval, pp. 29-42.

    Associated Search Terms: Adolescence; Meaning; Youth
  • Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations can Tell Us About Contentment.
    Zuckerman, Phil (2008)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Based on interviews in Denmark & Sweden. The relative absence of religion & social problems or individual anxiety refutes macro & micro functionalist explanations of religion. Speaks of cultural religion--occasional observance without belief.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Cultural religion; Denmark; Happiness; Atheist, Denmark; Death; Secularism; Sweden
  • Aging in the Church. How Social Relationships Affect Health.
    Krause, Neal (2008)
    West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Temple Foundation Press.

    Review of the literature.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Prayer; Social support; Stress; Meaning; Coping; Health; Gerontology; Mental health
  • Why Christianity Works: An Emotions-focused Phenomenological Account.
    Smith, Christian (2007)
    Sociology of Religion 68:2: 165-178. Comments by David Yamane, Penny Edgell, Shane Sharp, Thomas Lynch, James V. Spickard; Reply by Smith 69:4:441-488.

    Associated Search Terms: Moral; Transcendence; Phenomenology; Emotion; Forgiveness; Meaning; Christian; Membership
  • L'esperienza del senso in una vita quotidiana a rischio.
    DeSandre, Italo (2006)
    Religioni e società 55: 17-24.

    Argues that sociology should not ignore personal meaning.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning
  • Religio-Biography, Coping, and Meaning-Making among Persons with HIV/AIDS.
    Jacobson, C. Jeff, Jr., Sara E. Luckhaupt, Sheli Delaney, and Joel Tsevat (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:1: 39-56.

    Based on interviews with 19 AIDS patients; identifies patterns of making life meaningful.

    Associated Search Terms: Life satisfaction; Meaning; Coping; Medical; AIDS
  • Conversioni religiose. La ricerca del senso nella società contemporanea.
    Pannofino, Nicola (2006)
    Religioni e società 55: 90-97.

    Associated Search Terms: Secularization; Levels of inclusiveness; Individualism; Meaning; Conversion
  • Virtuoses, laïcs et compromis religieux chez Max Weber.
    Ouédraogo, Jean-Martin (2006)
    In Paul-André Turcotte and Jean Remy (eds.) Médiations et compromis. Institutions religieuses et symboliques sociales. Contributions à une relecture des classiques de la sociologie. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 91-131.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Compromise; Dialectic; Bourdieu, Pierre; Intellectuals; Weber, Max
  • The role of religion for hospice patients and relatively healthy adults.
    Ardelt, Monika, and Cynthia S. Koenig (2006)
    Research on Aging 28:2: 184-215.

    Analyzes data from older adults; extrinsic religion predicted fear of death & death avoidance, intrinsic predicted acceptance of death. meaning in life predicted well-being.

    Associated Search Terms: Intrinsic/extrinsic; Meaning; Gerontology; Death anxiety; Death; Well-being
  • Religion, Meaning and Prejudice.
    Hunsberger, Bruce E., and Lynne M. Jackson (2005)
    Journal of Social Issues 61: 807-826.

    Associated Search Terms: Prejudice; Meaning
  • Ritual and the Social Meaning and Meaninglessness of Religion.
    Lee, Daniel B. (2005)
    Soziale Welt 56: 5-15.

    Associated Search Terms: Ritual; Meaning
  • How are Religious Belief and Behavior Good for You? An Investigation of Mediators Relating Religion to Mental Health in a Sample of Israeli Jewish Students.
    Vilchinsky, Noa, and Shlomo Kravetz (2005)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 44:4: 459-471.

    Among religious & secular students in Israel, but not those self-identified on family or national grounds, religious practice predicts mental health.

    Associated Search Terms: Israel; Students, undergraduate; Mental health; Meaning
  • Purpose in life and prayer among Catholic and Protestant adolescents in Northern Ireland.
    Robbins, Mandy, and Leslie J. Francis (2005)
    Journal of Research in Christian Education 14: 72-93.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, Great Britain; Protestant, Great Britain; Prayer; Meaning; Adolescents
  • Religious Meaning and Subjective Well-being in Late Life.
    Krause, Neal (2003)
    Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 58B: S160-S170.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Gerontology; Well-being
  • Effects of religion and purpose in life on elders' subective well-being and attitudes toward death.
    Ardelt, Monika (2003)
    Journal of Religious Gerontology 14:4: 55-77.

    Analyzes data from older adults; extrinsic religion predicted fear of death & death avoidance, intrinsic predicted acceptance of death. meaning in life predicted well-being.

    Associated Search Terms: Well-being; Intrinsic/extrinsic; Gerontology; Death anxiety; Death; Meaning
  • Speaking of Meaning in Modernity: Reflexive Spirituality as a Cultural Resource.
    Besecke, Kelly (2001)
    Sociology of Religion 62:3: 365-381.

    Based on participant observation in a discussion group that met regularly in an adult education center in a major U.S.A. city.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Reflexive spirituality; Individualism; Meaning; Rationality
  • Cultures Jeunes et Religion: Réflexions Théoriques.
    Bizeuil, Yves (2001)
    In Jean-Pierre Bastian (ed.) La modernité religieuse en perspective comparée. Europe latine--Amérique latine. Paris: Karthala, pp. 141-151.

    Post modern youth have functional equivalents for religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Integration (social); Identity; Functionalism, micro; Justice; Meaning; Prophecy; Ritual; Secularization; Youth; Cosmology
  • The relationship between Bible reading and purpose in life among 13-15 year olds.
    Francis, Leslie J. (2000)
    Mental Health, Religion and Culture 3: 27-36.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Bible reading; Adolescents
  • Sinnsuche und das Phänomen der neuen religiösen Bewegung.
    Gártner, Christel (2000)
    Sociologia internationalis 38: 87-113.

    Associated Search Terms: New religions; Meaning
  • Die Religion der Gesellschaft./A Systems Theory of Religion, tr. David A. Brenner with Adrian Hermann.
    Luhmann, Niklas (2000)
    Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp./Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2013.

    Associated Search Terms: Evolution, societal; Systems theory; Functionalism; Differentiation; Meaning; Secularization
  • 'S'envoyer en l'air.' Quête des sens, quête de sens?
    Ménard, Guy (1999)
    In Yves Boisvert (ed.) A chacun sa quête. Essais sur les nouveaux visages de la transcendence. Quebec: Presses de l'Université du Québec, pp. 11-37.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning
  • Religion and Moral Values in Russia: Transition to the Post-Communsit Era.
    Carnes, Tony, and Samuel Kliger (1998)
    In Anson Shupe and Bronislaw Misztal (eds.), Religion, Mobilization, and Social Action. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, pp. 128-159.

    Russians are searching for authorities to repattern, behind, & resacralize life into a coherent, meaningful whole. Reports 1990s survey data, mostly from Moscow & Dalnegorsk.

    Associated Search Terms: Russia, Moscow; Russia, Dalnegorsk; Meaning
  • La religion comme système de sens. Introduction à la sociologie de la religion de Niklas Luhmann.
    Minnema, Lorens (1998)
    Social Compass 45:2: 279-296.

    Associated Search Terms: Luhmann, Niklas; Meaning; System; Systems theory
  • Le pentecôtisme urbain au Guatémala. Recréer du sens et de l'identité.
    Pédron-Colombani, Sylvie (1997)
    Problèmes d'Amérique latine 24: 61-79.

    Associated Search Terms: Pentecostal, Guatemala; Meaning; Identity; Guatemala
  • The Public's Views on the Future of Religion and Science: Cross-National Survey Results.
    Campbell, Robert A., and James E. Curtis (1996)
    Review of Religious Research 37;3: 260-267.

    Reviews 1981-83 survey data from 20 nations on the future importance of religion, whether science will help it, & thinking about the meaning of life.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Science; Comparative
  • The relationship between personal prayer and purpose in life among chuchgoing and non-chuchgoing 12-15 year-olds in the UK.
    Francis, Leslie J., and T.E. Evans (1996)
    Religious Education 91: 9-21.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; Practice; Meaning; Great Britain; Adolescents
  • A comparison of Protestant ministers and parishioners on expressed purpose in life and intrinsic religious motivation.
    Weinstein, L., and C.C. Cleanthous (1996)
    Psychology: A Journal of Human Behaviour 33: 26-29.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; Intrinsic religious motivation scale; Intrinsic/extrinsic; Meaning
  • Internationalisation, Conscience Nationale, Religion.
    Michel, Patrick (1994)
    Social Compass 41:1: 35-45.

    The amorphous politics of the post-cold war period leaves people adrift, so that they seek meaning & identity from religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Meaning; Globalization; Identity; Politics
  • The influence of personal prayer on purpsoe in life among Catholic adolescents.
    Francis, Leslie J., and L. Burton (1994)
    Journal of Beliefs and Values 15:2: 6-9.

    Associated Search Terms: Adolescents; Prayer; Meaning
  • Pour une sociologie des itinéraires des sens: un lecture politique du rapport entre croire et institution. Hommage à Michel de Certeau.
    Michel, Patrick (1993)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 38/82: 223-238.

    Explores the tension between belief & its institutionalization in the modern era.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Institutionalization; Meaning
  • Invisibility and Plausibility: An Analysis of the Relationship between Forms of Privatization and Individual Religiosity.
    Dowdy, Thomas E. (1991)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 3: 89-114.

    Analyzes 1979 Gallup Survey from the U.S.A.; respondents turned to traditional religion rather than privatized meanings within themselves.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Privatization; Meaning
  • "Nenn's wie Du willst..." Religiöse Semantik unter der Bedingung struktureller Individualisierung.
    Krüggeler, Michael (1991)
    Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie/Revue suisse de sociologie 17:3: 455-472. Comment by Gilbert Vincent 17:3: 473-483.

    Factor analyzes Swiss survey data; develops an empirical typology of respondent with types that correlate with practice.

    Associated Search Terms: Syncretism; Sociolinguistics; Meaning; Factor analysis; Switzerland; Practice
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