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Measuring the Social Perception of Religious Freedom: A Sociological Perspective

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University Human Rights Centre, University of Padova, via Martiri della Libertà, 2, 35137 Padova, Italy
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Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova, via Cesarotti 10, 35123 Padova, Italy
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Religions 2019, 10(4), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040274
Received: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 16 April 2019
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Abstract

This article discusses the construction of the measuring instrument for the study of social perception of religious freedom (SPRF). We provide an overview of existing definitions of religious freedom from a social-science perspective, which ground the empirical research of religious freedom and describe the conceptualization of SPRF. We focus on the operationalization model and introduce the operational variables for the SPRF research, also emphasizing the political, religious, and human rights contexts of independent variables. Finally, the results of exploratory factor analysis that allow to construct the balanced model of SPRF based on statistically weighted factors and scales are presented. The theoretical and statistically tested instrument is discussed as a result of this analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious freedom; sociology of human rights; sociology of religious freedom; empirical research religious freedom; sociology of human rights; sociology of religious freedom; empirical research
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