A World Survey of Religion and the State (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics)




Author: Jonathan Fox
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2008
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 400
Isbn10 Code: 0521881315
Isbn13 Code: 9780511415128


Review "After constructing a 62-variable data set for 175 governments, Jonathan Fox sensitively probes a series of issues that have long required but defied a multi-comparative quantitative analysis. Well-aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach, he explores the full range of hotly debated issues at the macro interface of religion and politics. Not surprisingly, the U.S. anchors one end of the separatist continuum, but surprises abound throughout this major contribution." -N.J. Demerath III, University of Massachusetts, Amherst "An impressive study! From preferential treatment to religious discrimination, Fox finds the intersection of religion and state a busy one. Relying on a massive new data collection of 175 governments, Fox dismisses claims about the reduced public role of religion and provides one of the most thorough overviews of church-state interactions to date." -Roger Finke, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), Pennsylvania State University "[A World Survey of Religion and State] is the most authoritative work of its kind. With 175 states included, and a wide range of indicators about the place of religion within them, this study is unprecedented. In contrast to conventional academic wisdom over several decades, religion turns out be very significant around the world. The findings are important: We find most states give preference to some religions over others, diverse patterns of government support for religion, persistent government attempts to protect citizens from 'bad' religions, links between national identity and religion, the globalization of religion, differences between local and national governments, and many other interesting things. This study is a significant addition to work on religion, politics and society -- a must read for those with an interest in those areas and even beyond." -Patrick James, University of Southern California "Fox's analysis is noteworthy for his efforts to synthesize and combine both quantitative and qualitative methodology." Canadian Journal of Political Science, Yasemin Akbaba, Gettysburg College Book Description This book examines the extent of government involvement in religion across the globe using both qualitative and quantitative methodology. One hundred and seventy-five state governments across the globe are examined individually using the Religion and State dataset. Fox's research reveals the ubiquity of religion in state government and an increase of the correlation between the two since 1990.

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