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  • Religion as theoretical case, lens, and resource for critique: Three ways social theory can learn from the study of religion.
    Wincheser, Daniel (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:3: 241-260.

    Highlights religion as an explanation, conceptual lens, & critique of secular assumptions.

    Associated Search Terms: Sociology of religion; Theory
  • Theorizing gender from religion cases: Agency, feminist activism, and masculinity.
    Avishai, Orit (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:3: 261-279.

    Reviews the impact of the sociology of religion in feminist studies.

    Associated Search Terms: Gender; Theory; Feminism
  • Videoconferencing as a tool facilitating feminsit interviews with Muslim women who wear the Niqab.
    Piela, Anna (2016)
    In Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Suha Shakkour (eds.) Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 109-121.

    Associated Search Terms: Methodology, interview; Islam; Internet; Feminist theory
  • 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
  • A post-secular reading of public sociology.
    Hashemi, Morteza (2016)
    Social Compass 63:4: 461-477.

    Critique of Michael Burroway's call for an engaged public sociology.

    Associated Search Terms: Post-secular; Value free theory; Secular
  • 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: Prayer; Internet; Hindu; Globalization; Ethics; Comparative; Methods; Rational choice theory; Methodology
  • Orthodoxy as project: Temporality and action in an American Protestant denomination.
    Brophy, Sorcha A. (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:2: 123-143.

    Based on participant observation, interviews, & content analyses of meetings & websites in a conservative U.S.A. Protestant denomination. Orthodoxy is socially constructed in terms of a resisted future.

    Associated Search Terms: Time; Conservative, U.S.A.; Content analysis; Forum; Grounded theory; Internet; Orthodoxy (doctrinal); Participant observation
  • Storming Zion. Government Raids on Religious Communities.
    Wright, Stuart A., and Susan J. Palmer (2016)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Overview of government raids on religious minorities. An increase in raids in the 1990s was related to a shift of the anti-cult movement from brain washing accusations to child abuse ones. 6 case studies.

    Associated Search Terms: Anti-cult movement; The Family; Apostate; Branch Davidian; Case study; Child abuse; Conflict theory; Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Moral panic; Nuwaubian; Persecution; Scientology; Brainwashing; State; Violence; Twelve Tribes; Social movement
  • "Community" in the sociology of religion: The case of Britain.
    Beckford, James A. (2015)
    Social Compass 62:2: 225-237.

    Sociology of religion should avoid adopting official phraseology, "faith communities," because the expression covers unlike entities.

    Associated Search Terms: Sociology of religion; Theory
  • Prayer as practice: An interpretive proposal.
    Genova, Carlo (2015)
    In Giuseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead (eds.) A Sociology of Prayer. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 9-23.

    Overview of the social scientific study of prayer. Proposes a social practice approach to its study.

    Associated Search Terms: Mauss, Marcel; Practice-centered theory; Prayer
  • The hallmarks of righteous women: Gendered background expectations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Sumerau, J. Edward, and Ryan T. Cragun (2015)
    Sociology of Religion 76:1: 49-71.

    Systematic textual analysis of 1971-2012 archived Mormon literature.

    Associated Search Terms: Literature; Gender; Grounded theory; Social construction of reality; Mormon
  • How Academics view Conservative Protestants.
    Yancey, George, Sam Reimer, and Jake O'Connell (2015)
    Sociology of Religion 76:3: 315-336.

    Based on open-ended items in a survey of American professors. Critics of conservative Protestants see them as intolerant, unscientific opponents. "Theological definers" rate them less negatively. Low information respondents lack knowledge of or interest n them. Contact lessens low ratings of conservative Protestants.

    Associated Search Terms: Professor; Prejudice, religious; Contact theory; Conservative, U.S.A.
  • My friend is gay, but... The effects of social contact on Christian Evangelicals' beliefs about gays and lesbians.
    Baker, Ashley A., and Sarah R. Brauner-Otto (2015)
    Review of Religious Research 57:2: 239-268.

    Analyzes 2001-13 telephone interview data from Houston. Evangelicals are more likely to say homosexual behavior is wrong, even if they have one or more gay friends.

    Associated Search Terms: Contact theory; Evangelical, U.S.A.; Homosexuality; United States, Texas, Houston
  • New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism.
    Markofski, Wes (2015)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    2006-11 open ended interview study of an Evangelical urban monastery in a Midwest U.S.A. city; members were critical of theological individualism & political conservatism. Content analysis of Evangelical books shows contrasting positions in the field.

    Associated Search Terms: Justice; Bourdieu, Pierre; Commune; Conservative/liberal; Content analysis; Culture; Field; Monasticism; Grounded theory; Inner-worldly asceticism; Evangelical, U.S.A.
  • General concepts and domain-specific concepts: An argument about the study of religion in sociology.
    Wuthnow, Robert (2014)
    Sociology of Religion 75:4: 594-606.

    Dialectic between general disciplinary concepts & domain specific ones such as those in the sociology of religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Theory
  • Religion as site rather than religion as category: On the sociology of religion's export problem.
    Guhin, Jeffrey (2014)
    Sociology of Religion 75:4: 579-593.

    Proposes theorizing from where religion is found rather than from a concept of religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Theory construction; Theory
  • Becoming visible: Religion and gender in sociology.
    Neitz, Mary Jo (2014)
    Sociology of Religion 75:4: 511-523.

    Importance of studying religion & of using a feminist perspective. Includes an auto-biographical reflection.

    Associated Search Terms: Feminist theory; Sociology of religion
  • Politics, religion, attribution theory, and attitudes toward same-sex unions.
    Whitehead, Andrew L. (2014)
    Social Science Quartrly 95:3: 701-718.

    Analyzes 2010 Baylor Religion Survey data. Beliefs about the origin of homosexuality affect acceptance of same-sex unions. Those beliefs are embedded within religious & political ideologies.

    Associated Search Terms: Homosexuality; Literalism; United States; Attribution theory
  • 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: Stratification; Mobility (vertical); Politics, U.S.A.; Polity; Practice; Sexual activity; Sexual attitudes; Change; Disaffiliation; Homosexuality; Belief; Conversion; Education; Secularization; Rational choice theory; Membership; Identification; Marriage; Migration; Fundamentalist, U.S.A.; Ethnic; United States
  • A Systems Theory of Religion, ed. André Kieserling, tr. David A. Brenner with Adrian Hermann.
    Luhmann, Niklas (2013)
    Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Systems theory
  • Divine exchanges: Applying social exchange theory to religious behavior.
    Corcoran, Katie E. (2013)
    Rationality and Society 25:3: 335-369.

    Associated Search Terms: Exchange theory
  • Privatized religiosity revisited: Building an authenticity model of individual-church relations.
    Pessi, Anne Birgitta (2013)
    Social Compass 60:1: 3-21.

    Based on in-depth interviews with 17 religious Finns who were not active in churches. Interviewees equated privatized religion with authenticity.

    Associated Search Terms: Authenticity; Experience; Finland; Grounded theory; Privatization
  • Unaffiliated Parents and the Religious Training of their Children.
    Manning, Christel J. (2013)
    Sociology of Religion 74:2: 149-175.

    Based on 2005-07 interviews with 48 religiously unaffiliated parents in selected U.S. cities.

    Associated Search Terms: Salience; Socialization; Grounded theory; Family; Atheist, U.S.A.; Nonreligion
  • 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: Civil society; Secularization; Functionalization; Rational choice theory; Public religion; Islam; Mediatization
  • Socially engaged religion in a post-Westphalian global context: Remodeling the secular/religious distinction.
    Beyer, Peter F. (2012)
    Sociology of Religion 73:2: 109-129.

    Associated Search Terms: Globalization; Differentiation; Systems theory; Sacred/profane
  • "God Must Have Been Sleeping": Faith as an Obstacle and a Resource for Rwandan Genocide Survivors in the United States.
    Fox, Nicole (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:1: 65-78.

    Based on interviews with Rwandan refugees in Boston. Religion both helped & stood in the way of recovering after mass violence.

    Associated Search Terms: Refugees; Rwanda; Migrant; Coping; Grounded theory; Rwandan Americans; Genocide
  • 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 Beginning of Life: A Social Constructionist Approach.
    Blasi, Anthony J. (2012)
    In Giuseppe Giordan and Enzo Pace (eds.) Mappng Religion and Spirituality in a Postsecular World. Leiden: Brill, pp. 131-149.

    Associated Search Terms: Phenomenology; Life (moral issue); Abortion; Moral; Constructionist theory
  • Theory as a tool in the social scientific study of religion and Martin Riesebrodt's The Promise of Salvation.
    Konieczny, Mary Ellen, Loren D. Lybarger, and Kelly H. Chong (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:3: 397-411.

    Critique of the empirical "lived religion" & postmodern approaches. Favors Riesebrodt's focus on liturgies, while acknowledging the limitations it has as revealed in later articles in the same issue of JSSR.

    Associated Search Terms: Lived religion; Post-modern; Riesebrodt, Martin; Practice-centered theory
  • Generations of Catholics in Eastern Africa: A practice-centered analysis of religious change.
    Kollman, Paul (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:3: 412-428.

    Applies Riesebrodt's practice-centered approach to east African Catholics. The focus on practice is presented as an advantage, but the neglect of subjective meaning leads to overlooking generational differences.

    Associated Search Terms: Generations; Catholic, Africa; Africa, east; Riesebrodt, Martin; Practice-centered theory
  • The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan.
    Bano, Masooda (2012)
    Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Rational choice theory; Madrasa; Education; Islam, Pakistan; Pakistan
  • Extreme asceticism: Confucian practice and Riesebrodt's religious virtuoso.
    Choi, Mihwa (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:3: 456-467.

    Presents evidence of virtuoso asceticism in Confucian tradition, which Riesebrodt would not label as such.

    Associated Search Terms: Confucian; Asceticism; Riesebrodt, Martin; Practice-centered theory; Virtuoso
  • Religion, religiousness, and narrative: Decoding women's practices in Senegalese Islamic reform.
    Augis, Erin (2012)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:3: 429-441.

    Follows Riesebrodt in focusing on liturgical practices, but interviews with Muslim women in Dakar reveal a dialectic between their own religiosity & critique of other Muslim groups, of urban life, & of the state.

    Associated Search Terms: Women; Senegal, Dakar; Riesebrodt, Martin; Practice-centered theory; Islam, Senegal
  • 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: Individualism; Rational choice theory; Secularization; State; Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland; Catholic, Germany; Germany
  • Contemporary spirituality and the making of religious experience: Studying the social in an individualized religiosity.
    Versteeg, Peter, and Johan Roeland (2011)
    Fieldwork in Religion 6:2: 120-133.

    Associated Search Terms: Individualism; Constructionist theory; Spirituality; Experience
  • 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
  • Spirituality and Systems of Belief.
    Pace, Enzo (2011)
    In Giuseppe Giordan and William H. Swatos, Jr. (eds.) Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 23-32.

    Systems theory approach to characterizing spirituality in dialectic with religion. Notes the usefulness of Troeltsch's Spiritualismus (mysticism) with reference to spirituality.

    Associated Search Terms: Mysticism; Dialectic; Systems theory; Troeltsch, Ernst; Spirituality
  • The "Social Integration" of Religious Groups in Society: A Social Mechanisms Approach.
    Stolz, Jörg (2011)
    In Patrick Michel and Enzo Pace (eds.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. Volume 2: Religion and Politics. Leiden: Brill, pp. 85-116.

    Articulates a value-free approach to the interpretive explanatory approach to the social integration of religous groups. Uses contemporary Swiss data for illustrations.

    Associated Search Terms: Explanation; Value free theory; Switzerland; Integration (societal); Integration (social)
  • Ranking Faiths: Religious Stratification in America.
    Davidson, James D., and Ralph E. Pyle (2011)
    Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Neither extreme nor minimal religious inequality, but moderate levels, have destabilized American society & are likely to destabiize other societies.

    Associated Search Terms: Violence; State; Conflict theory; United States; Stratification; Historical
  • 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: Theory; Secularization; Rational choice theory
  • Explaining religious market failure: A gendered critique of the religious economies model.
    Bush, Evelyn L. (2010)
    Sociological Theory 38:3: 304-325.

    Associated Search Terms: Market model; Feminist 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: Rational choice theory; Strictness; 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: Rational choice theory; Contributions; United States
  • Constructing Religion in Unexpected Places: Phishers of Men and Women.
    Beckford, James A. (2010)
    Implicit Religion 13:1:71-83.

    Defends the constructionist approach; illustrates the construction of religion in internet scams & prisons.

    Associated Search Terms: Prisoners; Constructionist theory; Internet; Social construction of reality
  • 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 life of the Bible.
    Coleman, Simon (2009)
    In James S. Bielo (ed.) The Social Life of Scriptures. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 205-212.

    Overview of studies of how the Bible translates into practical religion.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice-centered theory
  • The dilemma of pursuing Chinese religious studies in the framework of western religious theories.
    Fan, Lizhu (2009)
    Fudan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 2:2: 29-48.

    Associated Search Terms: China; Definition of religion; Methodology; Theory
  • Are Religious People More Prosocial? A Quasi-experimental Study with Madrasah Pupils in a Rural Community in India.
    Ahmed, Ali M. (2009)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:2: 368-374.

    Using game experiments, studying to enter the clergy were more co-oeprative & generous than other students.

    Associated Search Terms: Game theory; Hindu, India; Seminarians; India, Uttar Pradesh, Nowganwan; Altruism
  • 'A Collective of Individuals': Between Self and Solidarity in a Rainbow Gathering.
    Tavory, Iddo, and Yehuda C. Goodman (2009)
    Sociology of Religion 70:3: 262-284.

    Ethnography of an annual Israeli month-long new age/neopagan gathering (Rainbow Family of Living Light) shows the compatibility of indivdiual expression & communal solidarity.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Solidarity; Neopagan, Israel; Grounded theory; Individualism; New age; Israel
  • Religious Pluralism and Religious Participation: A Game Theoretical Analysis.
    McBride, Michael (2008)
    American Journal of Sociology 114:1: 77-106.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Game theory; Pluralism
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Citation data are provided by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio).

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