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  • The influence of religious preferences on choice of churh congregation and church attendance.
    Davignon, Phil (2016)
    Social Compass 63:2: 268-283.

    Analyzes 2012 questionnaire data from Christian students at 31 denominational colleges & universities in the U.S.A. Individual preferences are related to choice of congregation & frequency of attendance.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Students, undergraduate; Practice
  • Studying digital Hinduism.
    Scheifinger, Heinz (2016)
    In Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Suha Shakkour (eds.) Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 71-81.

    Argues for a comparison of in situ prayers & internet prayers, & using both traditional ethnography & online methods.

    Associated Search Terms: Internet; Prayer; Rational choice theory; Methodology; Globalization; Ethics; Comparative; Methods; Hindu
  • Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans' Shifting Religious Identities.
    Sherkat, Darren E. (2014)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Describes U.S.A. religion with General Social Survey data; presents models predicting religious switching & apostasy. Secularization, supply-side rational choice theories, & other grand theories fail to explain changes of religion in the U.S.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Belief; Migration; Fundamentalist, U.S.A.; Ethnic; Education; Identification; Marriage; Change; Disaffiliation; Mobility (vertical); Politics, U.S.A.; Polity; Conversion; Practice; Sexual activity; United States; Membership; Sexual attitudes; Secularization; Rational choice theory; Stratification
  • Religion and Civil Society: Theoretical Reflections.
    Herbert, David (2013)
    In Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker, and Loek Halman (eds.) Religion and Civil Society in Europe. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 13-45.

    Reviews rational choice, secularization, and public (civil society) religion theories. Opts for a "functionalization" approach, where religions help overcome shortcomings in the functioning of other institutions or even resist the other institutions.

    Associated Search Terms: Mediatization; Civil society; Islam; Public religion; Rational choice theory; Secularization; Functionalization
  • Market and money: A critique of rational choice theory.
    Van der Veer, Peter (2012)
    Social Compass 59:2: 183-192.

    Reservations about the market model.

    Associated Search Terms: Asia, Southeast; Rational choice theory; China; Market model
  • The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan.
    Bano, Masooda (2012)
    Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Islam, Pakistan; Pakistan; Rational choice theory; Madrasa; Education
  • The Religious Landscape in Germany: Secularizing West--Secularized East.
    Müller, Olaf, Detlef Pollack, and Gert Pickel (2012)
    In Detlef Pollack, Olaf Müller, and Gert Pickel (eds.) The Social Significance of Religion in the Enlarged Europe. Secularization, Individualization and Pluralization. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 95-120.

    The Catholic Church was disestablished longer & became less dependent on the state, though it has a priest shortage, compared to the Protestant Church. Both provide this-worldly services. Surveys show individual religion is stronger in the West than in the East.

    Associated Search Terms: Germany; Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland; Catholic, Germany; Individualism; Rational choice theory; Secularization; State
  • Culture vs. rational choice: Assessing the causes of religious discrimination in Muslim countries.
    Sarkissian, Ani, Jonathan Fox, and Yasemin Akbaba (2011)
    Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 17:4: 423-446.

    Associated Search Terms: Culture; Discrimination; Rational choice theory; Islam
  • A New Paradigm for the Study of Religion: A Re-examination.
    McMullin, Steve (2010)
    Implicit Religion 13:1:3-16.

    Reviews literature on secularization & rational choice, & offers theoretical prospects.

    Associated Search Terms: Secularization; Rational choice theory; Theory
  • Social Sources of the Spirit: Connecting Rational Choice and Intractive Ritual Theories in the Study of Religion.
    Baker, Joseph O. (2010)
    Sociology of Religion 71:4: 432-456.

    Based on 1998 key informant data from American congregations; strictness predicts expressive worship.

    Associated Search Terms: Strictness; Rational choice theory; Ritual
  • Religious Giving and the Boundedness of Rationality.
    Hoffmann, John P., Bruce R. Lott, and Catherine Jeppsen (2010)
    Sociology of Religion 71:3: 323-348.

    Examines preictors of contriubtions using 5 U.S.A. data sets.

    Associated Search Terms: Contributions; Rational choice theory; United States
  • Rational Choice Theory. A Critique.
    Hamilton, Malcolm (2009)
    In Peter B. Clarke (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 116-133.

    Summary of the theory, its applications, & criticisms of it.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • The Social Limits on Religious Markets.
    Bruce, Steve (2008)
    In Jörg Stolz (ed.) Salvation Goods and Religious Markets. Theory and Applications. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 81-100.

    Critique, citing counter examples & counter rationales to increasing income & minimizing costs.

    Associated Search Terms: Market model; Rational choice theory
  • Any Given Sunday: Weekly Church Attendance in a Midwestern City.
    Olsen, Paul J. (2008)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47:3: 443-461.

    Analyzes attendance patterns in one city; practice ebbs & flows with feasts & external events such as weather, moreso for liturgical denominations than others. Stricness alone is not determinative of practice rates.

    Associated Search Terms: Strictness; Practice; Rational choice theory
  • Salvation Goods and Culture Goods: An Interpretation of Max Weber.
    Merz-Benz, Peter-Ulrich (2008)
    In Jörg Stolz (ed.) Salvation Goods and Religious Markets. Theory and Applications. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 19-30.

    Weber's depiction of the rational elimination of distractions from a subjective dwelling on the divne is a more convincing model of religious rationality than that proposed in rational choice theory.

    Associated Search Terms: Mysticism; Rational choice theory; Other-worldly asceticism; Religious goods; Weber, Max; Asceticism; Inner-worldly asceticism; Rationality
  • Church Growth and Decline: A Test of the Market-based Approach.
    Stoll, Laurie Cooper, and Larry R. Petersen (2008)
    Review of Religious Research 49:3: 251-268.

    Based on data from a sample of congregations in Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis); strictness predicted the supply of volunteers, financial contributions, & church growth, but not recruitment activity or extensiveness of programs.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Tennessee, Memphis; Strictness; Volunteering; Contributions; Market model; Membership; Rational choice theory
  • Secularization Theory and Rational Choice. An Integration of Micro- and Macro-theories of Secularization Using the Example of Switzerland."
    Stolz, Jörg (2007)
    In Detlef Pollack and Daniel V.A. Olson (ed.) The Role of Religion in Modern Societies. New York: Routledge, pp. 249-270.

    Associated Search Terms: Levels of inclusiveness; Secularization; Rational choice theory
  • Testing Secularization Theory in Comparative Perspective.
    Dobbelaere, Karel (2007)
    Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 20:2: 137-147.

    Suggests measurements of societal secularization & ways to incorporate rational choice theory.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Measurement; Secularization; Comparative
  • Economy.
    Iannaccone, Laurence R. (2006)
    In Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh (ed.) Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions. New York: Springer, pp. 21-39.

    Associated Search Terms: Social capital; Rational choice theory
  • Les Limites du 'Marché Religieux.'
    Bruce, Steve (2006)
    Social Copass 53:1: 33-48.

    Critique of the market model and of rational choice theory.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Market model
  • Conversion as a Process of Rational Choice: An Evaluation of the Stark-Finke Model on (Re-)Affiliation.
    Hak, Durk (2006)
    In Wout J. Van Bekkum, Jan N. Bremmer, and Arie L. Molendijk (eds.) Cultures of Covnersion. Leuven: Peeters, pp. 13-24.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Rational choice theory; Stark, Rodney
  • How Secular is Europe?
    Hall, Brian, and Veerie Draulans (2006)
    British Journal of Sociology 57:2: 263-288.

    Based on European values Study data; beliefs as well as practic show secularization increasing in Europe despite pluralism, which rational choice theory would have countering secularization.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Belief; Pluralism; Secularization; Europe
  • The Concept of Choice in the Rise of Christianity: A Critique of Rational-Choice Theory.
    Lundskow, George (2006)
    In Warren S. Goldstein (ed.) Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion. A Critique of Rational Choice. Leiden: Brill, pp. 223-248.

    Critique of Rodney Stark's Rise of Christianity.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Early Christian; Stark, Rodney
  • The Notion of the Totally 'Other' and its Consequence in the Critical Theory of Religion and the Rational Choice Theory of Religion.
    Ott, Michael R. (2006)
    In Warren S. Goldstein (ed.) Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion. A Critique of Rational Choice. Leiden: Brill, pp. 121-150.

    Critical theory analysis of rational choice theory as ideology.

    Associated Search Terms: Critical theory; Horkheimer, Max; Ideology; Individualism; Rational choice theory
  • From A Beautiful Mind to the Beautiful Soul: Rational Choice, Religion, and the Critical Theory of Adorno & Horkheimer.
    Brittain, Christopher Craig (2006)
    In Warren S. Goldstein (ed.) Marx, Critical Theory, and Religion. A Critique of Rational Choice. Leiden: Brill, pp. 151-177.

    Criticizes rational choice theory as overlooking realities outside the scope of instrumental reason.

    Associated Search Terms: Compensators; Adorno, Theodor W.; Iannaccone, Lawrence; Stark, Rodney; Rational choice theory; Horkheimer, Max; Deprivation; Critical theory
  • Salvation Goods and Religious Markets: Integrating Rational Choice and Weberian Perspectives.
    Stolz, Jörg (2006)
    Social Compass 53:1: 13-32. [Also in Jörg Stolz (ed.) Salvation Goods and Religious Markets. Theory and Applications. Bern: Peter Lang, 2008, pp. 51-80.]

    Typlogy of religious goods; based on but goes beyond rational choice theory and Weber's Heilsgut.

    Associated Search Terms: Market model; Rational choice theory; Religious goods; Membership; Definition of religion; Compensators; Weber, Max
  • A Church of Our Own. Disestablishment and Diversity in American Religion.
    Warner, R. Stephen (2005)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    A collection of essays.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, California, Mendocino; Ritual; Migrant; Pluralism; Congregationalism; Pentecostal, U.S.A.; Assimilation; Mestizaje; Syncretism; Rational choice theory; Parish; Music; Herberg, Will; Ambivalence; United States
  • Religion, Rationality, and Experience: A Response to the New Rational Choice Theory of Religion.
    Jerolmack, Colin, and Douglas Porpora (2004)
    Sociological Theory 22:1: 140-160.

    Criticizes the egocentricity presupposed by rational choice theories of religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Individualism
  • "Although We Are Catholic, We Are Dutch"--The Transition of the Dutch Catholic Church from Sect to Church as an Explanation for its Growth and Decline.
    Sengers, Erik (2004)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43:1: 129-139.

    When the Dutch Catholic Church was in tension with its society, it grew.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Catholic, Netherlands; Netherlands; Sect
  • From Religious Markets to Religious Communities: Contrasting Implications for Applied Research.
    Johnson, Doyle Paul (2003)
    Review of Religious Research 44:4: 325-340.

    Community aspects of religious activity is as important as the individualist calculus highlighted in rational choice theory.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Community
  • Rationality, Choice, and the Religious Economy: Individual and Collective Rationality in Supply and Demand.
    Bankston, Carl L. III (2003)
    Review of Religious Research 45:2: 155-171.

    Rationality is more complex than rational choice theory assumes; levels of inclusiveness (individual & collective) need be considered in the study of religiosity.

    Associated Search Terms: Rationality; Levels of inclusiveness; Rational choice theory
  • The Myth of Pluralism, Diversity, and Vigor: The Constitutional Privilege of Protestantism in the United States and Canada.
    Beaman, Lori G. (2003)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42:3: 311-325. Comment by Anthony Gill, pp. 327-332. Comment by Peter Beyer, pp. 333-339. Response by Beaman, pp. 341-346.

    Defines pluralism as multiple broad traditions, while Gill defines it in terms of intra-tradition competitors. Beyer sees hegemony rather than pluralism as the norm in most societies.

    Associated Search Terms: State; Hegemony; Rational choice theory; Pluralism
  • Religious Switching: Preference Development, Maintenance, and Change.
    Loveland, Matthew T. (2003)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42:1: 147-157.

    Analyzes 1988 General Social Survey data. Joining a church during childhood, lapsed attendance, & membership in distinctive religions predict switching, positively for the first 2 & inversely for the third. Childhood religious instruction is not related.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Rational choice theory; Conversion
  • The Powerlessness of Religious Power in a Pluralist Society.
    Repstad, Pål (2003)
    Social Compass 50:2: 161-173.

    Illustrates the voluntary & individual nature of religion in Norway, using published poll results & anecdotes.

    Associated Search Terms: Privatization; Conservative, Norway; Lutheran, Norway; Strictness; Rational choice theory; Pluralism; Individualism; Norway
  • Beyond Christianity: A Critique of the Rational Choice Theory of Religion from a Weberian and Comparative Religions Perspective.
    Sharot, Stephen (2002)
    Sociology of Religion 63:4: 427-454.

    The characteristic theses of rational choice theory do not apply outside of the western context.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • Rationality, Choice and the Religious Economy: The Problem of Belief.
    Bankston, Carl L. III (2002)
    Review of Religious Research 43:4: 311-325.

    Fits belief into the rational choice model.

    Associated Search Terms: Network; Rational choice theory; Market model; Belief
  • Cost-Benefit Accounting and the Piety Business: Is Homo Religiosis, at Bottom, a Homo Economicus?
    Bryant, Joseph M. (2001)
    Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 12: 520-548.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • Replete and Desolate Markets: Poland, East Germany and the New Religious Paradigm.
    Froese, Paul, and Steven Pfaff (2001)
    Social Forces 80:2: 481-507.

    Explains 2 anomalies for rational choice theory: post-Communist Poland & eastern Germany.

    Associated Search Terms: Poland; Germany; Rational choice theory
  • One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism.
    Stark, Rodney (2001)
    Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

    Focuses on Christianity.

    Associated Search Terms: Monotheism; Conflict; Rational choice theory; Missions; Historical
  • Choosing Rationality.
    Beckford, James A. (2001)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 12: 1-22.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversation analysis; Social construction of reality; Ethnomethodology; Rational choice theory
  • Rational Choice or Sacred Contagion? "Rationality", "Non-rationality" and Religion.
    Mellor, Philip A. (2000)
    Social Compass 47:2: 273-292.

    Rational choice theory neglects the social dimension of religion as a re-presenting of society in consciousness.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • "Start Together and Finish Together": Shifts in the Premises and Paradigms Underlying the Scientific Study of Religion.
    Beckford, James A. (2000)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 39:4: 481-495.

    The sociology of religion was more integrated with general sociology early & late in the 20th century, & marginal at mid-century.

    Associated Search Terms: Marxian; Feminism; Rational choice theory; New religions; Sociology of knowledge; Sociology of religion; Globalization
  • Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion.
    Stark, Rodney, and Roger Finke (2000)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Received the 2001 Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section. Chinese translation published by the People's University Press of China, 2004. Translated by Fenggang Yang. Korean translation published by Bookorea Publishing Co., Forthcoming.

    Associated Search Terms: Sisters; Conversion; Rational choice theory; Market model; Secularization; Vocation; Social capital; Mormon; Catholic; Sect; Commitment; Congregation size; Competition
  • Choice and Religion: A Critique of Rational Choice Theory.
    Bruce, Steve (1999)
    Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • Micro Foundations of Religion: A Revised Theory.
    Stark, Rodney (1999)
    Sociological Theory 17:3: 264-289.

    Elaborates Stark's earlier exchange theory & expands rational choice theory to explain more dimensions of human nature; religion consists of very general explanations that justify & specify the terms of exchange with god(s).

    Associated Search Terms: Magic; Definition of religion; Exchange theory; Rational choice theory
  • Die Entscheidung zum Kirchenaustritt zwischen Kirchen bindung und Kirchensteuer. Eine Verlaufsdateanalysis in einer Kohorte ehemaliger Gymnasiasten bis zum 43. Lebensjahr.
    Birkelbach, Klaus (1999)
    Zeitschrift für Soziologie 28:2: 136-153.

    Germans sometimes disaffiliate from childhood religions because of financial costs; this is more common among Protestants than Catholics.

    Associated Search Terms: Germany; Disaffiliation; Rational choice theory; Protestant, Germany; Catholic, Germany
  • Rational Choice Theory and Prison Chaplaincy. The Chaplain's Dilemma.
    Beckford, James A. (1999)
    British Journal of Sociology 50:4: 671-685.

    The established church in England does not suppress minority practice but, in the case of the prison chaplaincy, helps promote it, contrary to what rational choice theory would predict.

    Associated Search Terms: Prison chaplain; Rational choice theory; Church of England
  • Rethinking Religious Social Action: What is "Rational" about Rational-choice Theory?
    Spickard, James V. (1998)
    Sociology of Religion 59:2: 99-115.

    Criticizes the suppositions of the paradigm.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • Religious Choice and Competition (a reply).
    Finke, Roger, and Rodney Stark (1998)
    American Sociological Review 63: 761-766.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory
  • Exit Cost Analysis: A new Approach to the Scientific Study of Brainwashing.
    Zablocki, Benjamin D. (1998)
    Nova religio 1:2: 216-249. Comment by David G. Bromley 250-266. Reply by Zablocki 267-271.

    Brainwashing is a technique for retaining, not obtaining, members.

    Associated Search Terms: Disaffiliation; Rational choice theory; Brainwashing
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