Rational Choice Theory and Religion : Summary and Assessment

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 288 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415911924
  • DDC分類 306.6

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Rational Choice Theory and Religion considers one of the major developments in the social scientific paradigms that promises to foster a greater theoretical unity among the disciplines of sociology, political science, economics and psychology. Applying the theory of rational choice--the theory that each individual will make her choice to maximize gain and minimize cost--to the study of religion, Lawrence Young has brought together a group of internationally renowned scholars to examine this important development within the field of religion for the first time.

Table of Contents

Contributors                                       vii
Introduction xi
Lawrence A. Young
part I SUMMARY
Bringing Theory Back In 3 (22)
Rodney Stark
Rational Choice: Framework for the Scientific 25 (20)
Study of Religion
Laurence R. Iannaccone
The Consequences of Religious Competition: 45 (20)
Supply-Side Explanations for Religious Change
Roger Finke
Embedding Religious Choices: Integrating 65 (22)
Preferences and Social Constraints into
Rational Choice Theories of Religious Behavior
Darren E. Sherkat
Convergence Toward the New Paradigm: A Case 87 (18)
of Induction
R. Stephen Warner
part II ASSESSMENT
Economic Man and the Sociology of Religion: A 105(14)
Critique of the Rational Choice Approach
Mary Jo Neitz
Peter R. Mueser
Religious Choice and Religious Vitality: The 119(14)
Market and Beyond
Nancy T. Ammerman
Phenomenological Images of Religion and 133(14)
Rational Choice Theory
Lawrence A. Young
Religion and Rational Choice Theory 147(14)
Michael Hechter
Stark and Bainbridge, Durkheim and Weber: 161(20)
Theoretical Comparisons
Randall Collins
Index 181