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The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience - Michael Argyle

The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience

Paperback Published: 21st August 1997
ISBN: 9780415123310
Number Of Pages: 336

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Because society is increasingly secular, it may seem irrelevant to consider the psychology of religion. But the diversity of our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society in fact makes religion more important to the social sciences than it has ever been before. What are the social consequences of religion? Every day the news is full of events that can be blamed on religion perpetrated by a range of groups from whole societies to individuals.
Beit-Hallami and Argyle are renowned for their clear, analytical approach to topics and this new, state-of-the-art study of psychology and religion is no exception. It will be welcomed as an update to their previous work in the area by social psychologists, sociologists and theologians worldwide.

..."this text is effective in making the case for the importance of religion in the lives of individuals and for groups." -Douglas E. Trimble, "Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

List of figures
List of tables
Religious phenomena and their interpretationsp. 1
Explanations and research hypothesesp. 10
Research methods: methods of studying religious phenomena, their correlates, causes and effectsp. 34
Ritual and clergyp. 49
Religious experiencep. 73
Acquiring religious beliefs: socialization and continuityp. 97
Changing beliefs and identities: conversion, religious movements, and defectionp. 114
Religion as a dependent variable: gender, age, class, and communityp. 139
The effect of individual differences in personality and abilityp. 163
The effects of religiosity: individual levelp. 184
The effects of religiosity: group levelp. 208
Evidence, inferences, and interpretationsp. 230
Referencesp. 257
Author indexp. 303
Subject indexp. 316
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ISBN: 9780415123310
ISBN-10: 0415123313
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.72  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1