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Association for the Sociology of Religion

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an academic association with more than 700 members worldwide. It publishes a journal, the Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review and holds meetings at the same venues and times as the American Sociological Association.[1]The Association describes itself as a "hospitable place for both empirical study and social criticism animated by the social teachings of the church"

History

The ASR was founded by Catholic sociologists in Chicago in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society.[1] The organization adopted its present name in 1970, reflecting changes in the Vatican's policy that led to greater openness towards other faiths.

Activities

The association publishes a journal, Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, as well as a quarterly newsletter.[1] It is the co-publisher of an annual series entitled Religion and the Social Order.[1] The association provides research grants.[1]

The ASR, which has over 700 members worldwide, continues its historical practice of holding its meetings at the same venues and times as the American Sociological Association, allowing mutual cross-fertilisation between the two associations.[1] Past presidents of the ASR include David G. Bromley,[2] James T. Richardson,[3] Eileen Barker[4] and Benton Johnson[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Swatos, William H.; Kivisto, Peter (1998). Encyclopedia of religion and society. Rowman Altamira. ISBN . Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Lewis, James R. (2004). The Oxford handbook of new religious movements. Oxford University Press US. pp. xi. ISBN . 
  3. ^ Bromley, David G. (2007). Teaching new religious movements. Oxford University Press US. pp. x. ISBN . 
  4. ^ Beckford, James A.; Richardson, James T. (2003). Challenging Religion: Essays in Honour of Eileen Barker. Routledge. p. 5. ISBN . 
  5. ^ Swatos, William H.; Peter Kivisto (1998). Encyclopedia of Relition and Society. Latham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 251–252. ISBN . 

External links

  • Website of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)
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