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Explaining religiosity: towards a unified theoretical model.
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PMID:  19489823     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The article presents a unified theoretical model, explaining differences in Christian and 'alternative' religiosity at individual and collective levels. The model reconstructs and integrates the most important theories explaining religiosity (deprivation, regulation, socialization, cultural production, and ethnicity) as complementary causal mechanisms in a rational-action based framework. It is maintained that the mechanisms of the various theories are not exclusive, but complementary, and that integration into the general model is both theoretically and empirically beneficial. The model is tested on representative data from Switzerland. Substantively, I find for the Swiss case that Christian religiosity can be best explained by a religious socialization mechanism. The most important mechanisms accounting for alternative religiosity involve deprivation, gender, and age.
Jörg Stolz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of sociology     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1468-4446     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Sociol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373126     Medline TA:  Br J Sociol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  345-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
Observatoive des Religions en Suisse, Universite de Lausanne.
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