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  • Seeker-friendly: The Hillsong megachuch as an enchanting total institution.
    Wade, Matthew (2016)
    Journal of Sociology 52:4: 661-676.

    Associated Search Terms: Hillsong; Seeker; Total institution
  • Religious seekers' attraction to the plain Mennonites and Amish.
    Anderson, Cory (2016)
    Review of Religious Research 58:1: 125-147.

    Factor analysis of survey data from a web-based convenience sample of seekers attracted to austere plain Anabaptist sects. Factor themes: familism, rejection of sexualized youth culture, fundamentalism perceived as anti-secularization, primitivism, desire for structure, Anabaptist ancestors.

    Associated Search Terms: Internet survey; Factor analysis; Conversion; Anabaptist; Seeker; Amish; Mennonite
  • Seekership, spirituality and self-discovery: Ayurveda students in Britain.
    Warrier, Maya (2008)
    Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 4: 423-451.

    Associated Search Terms: Hindu, Great Britain; Seeker; Self; Spirituality; Great Britain; Medical
  • Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Authoritarianism: Findings from a Longitudinal Study.
    Wink, Paul, Michelle Dillon, and Adrienne Prettyman (2007)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46:3: 321-335.

    Longitudinal data from late-adults in Oakland, California, show religiosity correlates positively & spiritual negatively with authoritarianism.

    Associated Search Terms: Religiosity; Longitudinal; United States, California, Oakland; Seeker
  • Seeking the Seekers in the Sociology of Religion.
    Warburg, Margit (2001)
    Social Compass 48:1: 91-101.

    Before conversion to Baha'i, Danish converts who responded to ads & public meetings are shown to meet specified criteria of "seekers." Seekers remained in the religion at a higher rate than did non-seekers.

    Associated Search Terms: Denmark; Seeker; BahaŽi, Denmark; Conversion
  • Spiritual Seeking in the United States; Report on a Panel Study.
    Roof, Wade Clark (2000)
    Archives de sciences sociales des religions 109: 49-66.

    Associated Search Terms: Longitudinal; Seeker; United States
  • Seeker churches: Promoting traditional religion in a nontraditional way.
    Sargeant, Kimon Howland (2000)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    Based on participant observation at the Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, & on survey data; maintains that seeker churches will continue to grow & conform to consumerist attitudes.

    Associated Search Terms: Willow Creek Association; Seeker; Emerging church; United States, Illinois, South Barrington; United States, Illinois, Chicago
  • A Typology of Seekership.
    Rousseau, Nathan (1998)
    Research in the Social scientific Study of Religion 9: 75-96.

    Based on survey data of unknown provenance.

    Associated Search Terms: Seeker
  • The Hidden Truth: Astrology as Worldview.
    Faher, Shoshanah (1994)
    In Arthur L. Greil and Thomas Robbins (eds.), Religion and the Social Order. Volume 4 Between Sacred and Secular: Research and Theory on Quasi-Religion. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, pp. 165-177.

    Analyzes 1989 questionnaire data from an astrology conference; describes respondents as a network of seekers.

    Associated Search Terms: Astrology; Seeker; Network
  • Religious Conversion as a Personal and Collective Accomplishment.
    Straus, Roger A. (1979)
    Sociological Analysis 40:2: 158-165.

    Sees conversion as an accomplishment of an activity strategizing seeker interaction with the others constituting a religious collectivity.

    Associated Search Terms: Symbolic interactionism; Seeker; Conversion
  • Seekers and Saucers: The Role of the Cultic Milieu in Joining a UFO Cult.
    Balch, Robert W., and David Taylor (1977)
    American Behavoral Scientist 20;6: 839-860. [Also in James T. Richardson (ed.), Conversion Careers: In and Out of the New Religions (Beverly Hills, California: Sage, 1977), pp. 43-64]

    Defines the "seeker" as one who is socially oriented to the quest for personal growth, & for whom affective ties with the group & group ritual are unnecessary for conversion.

    Associated Search Terms: UFO cult; Seeker; Conversion; HeavenŽs Gate
  • Changing Oneself: Seekers and the Creative Transformation of Experience.
    Straus, Roger A. (1976)
    In John Lofland (ed.) Doing Social Life. New York: Wiley, pp. 252-272.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Seeker
  • What Kind of People Does a Religious Cult Attract?
    Catton, William R. (1957)
    American Sociological Review 22:5: 561-566. [Also in Marcello Truzzi 9ed.), Sociology and Everyday Life (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1968), pp. 235-242.

    Based on 1952 participant observation in meetings held in Seattle by Krishna Venta, who said he was Christ; analyzes audience questionnaire data.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Washington, Seattle; Participant observation; Cult; Seeker
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