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  • The role of language in religious conversion.
    Stromberg, Peter G. (2014)
    In Lewis A. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 117-139.

    Reviews studies of the conversion narrative & the relationship between discourse & personal transformation.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Discourse; Testimonial
  • "Conversion" to Islam and the cosntruction of the pious self.
    Nieuwkerk, Karin van (2014)
    In Lewis A. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 667-680.

    Muslims consider Islam the natural religion & thus speak of reversion rather than conversion. The author structures the discussion around the case of a Dutch woman.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Islam; Testimonial; Case study
  • Pentecostalismo e o sofrimento do (ex-)bandido: testemunhos, mediações, modos de subjetivação e projetos de cidadania nas periferias.
    Machado, Carly Barboza (2014)
    Horizontes Antropológicos 20/42: 153-180.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Suffering; Pentecostal, Brazil; Criminology; Brazil, Rio de Janeiro; Assembleia de Deus dos Últimos Dias
  • "All Things Are Possible": Towards a Sociological Explanation of Pentecostal Miracles and Healings.
    Stolz, Jörg (2011)
    Sociology of Religion 72:4: 456-482.

    Based on interviews & close examination of a DVD of a healing workshop held in French-speaking Switzerland; suggests a combination of social techniques (suggestion, rhythm, music), contextual factors (audience size, beliefs), & causal mechanisms (probability, labeling, selection, & editing effects) produces healings.

    Associated Search Terms: Music; Pentecostal; Testimonial; Miracle; Case study; Methodology; Medical; Healing; Association Internationale des Ministères de Guérisons
  • Theorising Conversion: Can we Use Conversion Accounts as Sources to Actual Past Processes?
    Warburg, Margit (2008)
    In Eileen Barker (ed.) The Centrality of Religion in Social Life. Essays in Honour of James A. Beckford. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 131-143.

    Reviews theories & discusses the reliability of converts' accounts of their conversions.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Conversion
  • Gender Differences in the Communication of Christian Conversion Narratives.
    Knight, David A., Robert H. Woods, Jr., and Ines W. Jindra (2005)
    Review of Religious Research 47:2: 113-134.

    Based on interviews with 40 undergraduates in an Evangelical university.

    Associated Search Terms: Students, undergraduate; Testimonial; Evangelical; Conversion
  • Bill W. Meets the Spanish Armada: Sinners' and Saints' Retold Epiphanies from A.A. to Cursillo.
    O'Sullivan, Ralph G. (1999)
    Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 27:1: 27-33.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Conversion; Cursillo
  • Apostates who never were: The social construction of absque facto apostate narratives.
    Johnson, Daniel Carson (1998)
    In David G. Bromley (ed.) The Politics of Religious Apsotasy. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, pp. 115-138.

    Pseudo apostasy

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Social construction of reality; Apostate
  • Struggles for Mutual Reverence. Social Strategies and Religious Stories.
    Lawson, Matthew P. (1997)
    In Penny Edgell Becker and Nancy L. Eiesland (eds.) Contemporary American Religion. An Ethnographic Reader. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira, pp. 51-77.

    Life history data of 4 women gathered as part of an ethnography of a Catholic charismatic prayer group outside Chicago.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Illinois, Chicago; Symbol; Ritual; Testimonial; Alcohol; Power; Pentecostal, Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Accounting for Accounts: How Should Sociologists Treat Conversion Stories?
    Dawson, Lorne L. (1995)
    International Journal of Comparative Religion and Philosophy 1: 51-68.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Testimonial
  • Le témoignage chez les Alcooliques Anonymes: une pratique communicationnelle religieuse.
    Nadeau, Jean-Guy (1994)
    Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 23:4: 469-484.

    Based on observation in 2 groups in Montréal; employs communications theory.

    Associated Search Terms: Alcoholics Anonymous; Testimonial; Participant observation; Communication; Hermeneutic; Canada, Quebec, Montreal
  • Konversionerzählungen als rekonstruktive Gattung. Erzählerische Mittel und Strategien bei der Rekonstruktion eines Bekehrungserlebnisses.
    Ulmer, Bernd (1988)
    Zeitschrift für Soziologie 17: 19-33.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Conversion
  • The Testimony as Performance: The Relationship of an Expressive Event to the Belief System of a Holiness Sect.
    Kroll-Smith, J. Stephen (1980)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 19:1: 16-25.

    The step-by-step model in fundamentalist theology, lack of formal passage rites between steps, & belief in spiritual growth through a series of private experiences create a need for identity work, a need met by testimony in the Church of God in Christ.

    Associated Search Terms: Church of God in Christ, U.S.A.; Testimonial; Identity; African Americans
  • Recollection and Membership: Converts' Talk and the Ratiocination of Communality.
    Taylor, Brian (1978)
    Sociology 12:2: 316-324.

    Describes post-conversion accounts as present constructions of the past.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Constructionist theory; Conversion
  • Testimony as a Commitment Mechanism in Catholic Pentecostal Prayer Groups.
    McGuire, Meredith B. (1977)
    Journal for the Scietnific Study of Religion 16:2: 165-166.

    Based on 1971-75 participant observation in 7 prayer groups in New Jersey; shows that though glossolalia served as a commitment symbol, testimony was the central such mechanism.

    Associated Search Terms: Pentecostal, Catholic, U.S.A.; Testimonial; Glossolalia; Participant observation; United States, New Jersey
  • Conversion and Cognition. An Area for Empirical Study in the Microsociology of Religious Knowledge.
    Taylor, Bryan (1976)
    Social Compass 23:1: 5-22.

    Reviews the sociological literature on conversion; discusses using converts' accounts as data.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Conversion
  • Se Raconter une Histoire.... Pour une Analyse Révisée de la Conversion.
    Billette, André (1976)
    Social Compass 23:1: 47-56.

    Investigates conversion accounts serving more than an informative function.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Latent function; Methodology; Conversion
  • A Sociolinguistic Study of Christian Science Oral Testimonies.
    Demarest, Janice L. (1975)
    Working Papers in Sociolinguistics No. 26. Austin, Texas: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

    Associated Search Terms: Sociolinguistics; Christian Science; Testimonial
  • Some Aspects of Christian Science as Reflected in Letters of Testimony.
    England, Jr., Ralph Wilbur (1954)
    American Journal of Sociology 59;5: 448-453.

    Describes the relationship between Christian Science's concern with physical health & its membership, dynamics, & appeal.

    Associated Search Terms: Testimonial; Christian Science
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