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In 1976 a survey was conducted among two Italo-Brussels congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses and the results compared with a number of autochthonous Dutch-speaking and French-speaking control groups. Towards the end of 1996 the author put the same questionnaire to the same two Italo-Brussels...
Niklas Luhmann's principal contribution to German sociology of religion, a book entitled Funktion der Religion (1977), has yet to be translated into French. Its precise but abstract language is not easily accessible without a preliminary introduction. In this article, the author attempts to...
Using data collected in the course of an empirical study of prison chaplaincy in England and Wales, the author begins by establishing the sociological distinctiveness of social settings in which the “normal” freedom to practise the religion of one's choice is limited. The paper's main...
Throughout much of the 20th century, sociology has sought to uncouple religious phenomena from any enduring or foundational relationship with patterns of human sociality. Nevertheless, in recent years, notions of a “return of the sacred” are now increasingly widespread. We suggest that such...
Trinidad has been the setting for several important studies of both ethnic differentiation and religious syncretism. Rarely, however, have these topics been related to each other. This article explores ways in which perceived forms of convergence in belief and practice have developed among...
Over 60 Buddhist communities and institutions reside in Toronto, Canada, representing a diversity of ethnic, linguistic, national and doctrinal differences. This paper examines the re-creation and redefinitions of Buddhist identities among several of these groups, reflecting the interplay of...
“Ethnic consciousness”, conceived as a functional category of action, only becomes real for the sociologist when identifying the manifestations in behaviours and/or opinions which mould the normative context actors lend to their behaviours. The author, working from empirical research, seeks...
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