Special Issue "Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Prof. Dr. Kent R. Kerley
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Texas at Arlington, 362 University Hall, Box 19595, 601 S. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, TX 76019, USA
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Interests: religion and crime; religion in prison; faith-based programs; religiosity; drug abuse; Evangelical Protestantism
The study of religion as an academic discipline is a rather recent development in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Beginning in about the 1960s, researchers from social science backgrounds (predominately sociology) have studied religion as a social force that may impact a wide range of individual and societal outcomes. Researchers from this sociology of religion tradition have studied the impact of religion on topics such as community involvement, coping with difficult life events, crime, drug use, environmental concern, family, health and mortality, interpersonal relations, political attitudes, psychological well-being, public life, and racial attitudes. These studies have incorporated myriad research methodologies such as surveys, in-depth interviews, participant observation, and content analysis. This special issue brings together sociology of religion scholars who use these diverse methodologies to study the impact of religion on a broad range of outcomes. In doing so, this issue provides a “snapshot” of current work in the sociology of religion. At the end of each article, authors will conclude with how their work fits into the current sociology of religion literature and how others may contribute to this literature.
Dr. Kent R. Kerley
Manuscript Submission Information
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- faith-based research
- religion and community
- religion and crime
- religion and family
- religion and health
- religion and politics
- religion and public life
- sociology of religion