Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions

  • Helen Rose Ebaugh

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Religion and Social Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Darren E. Sherkat
      Pages 3-19
    3. Larry Iannaccone
      Pages 21-39
    4. David Sikkink, Jonathan Hill
      Pages 41-66
    5. Ram A. Cnaan, Charlene C. McGrew
      Pages 67-93
  3. Family and Life Cycle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. W. Bradford Wilcox
      Pages 97-120
    3. Peter L. Benson, Pamela Ebstyne King
      Pages 121-138
    4. Neal Krause
      Pages 139-160
  4. Religion and Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. John P. Bartkowski, Todd L. Matthews
      Pages 163-183
    3. James D. Davidson, Ralph E. Pyle
      Pages 185-205
    4. Nancy Nason-Clark, Barbara Fisher-Townsend
      Pages 207-223
  5. Religion and Social Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Law
      James T. Richardson
      Pages 227-240
    3. John P. Hoffmann, Stephen J. Bahr
      Pages 241-263
    4. Mark D. Regnerus
      Pages 265-282
  6. Religion and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. James A. Mathisen
      Pages 285-303
    3. Stewart M. Hoover
      Pages 305-319
    4. William A. Stahl
      Pages 321-332
  7. Religion as a Social Institution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Nancy T. Ammerman
      Pages 353-371
    3. Dean R. Hoge
      Pages 373-387
  8. Religion and Social Institutions in a Global/Transnational Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 389-389
    2. Peggy Levitt
      Pages 391-410
    3. Peter Beyer
      Pages 411-429
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 431-439

About this book


Over the past twenty years, religion as a predictor of social behaviors has been increasingly documented in social arenas. Traditional relationships between religion and family, voting patterns, race and education have been well noted. More recently, studies show the closer relationship with health behaviors, gender scripts, patterns of crime and deviance, military rituals, sports, legal decisions, life course behaviors and religious patterns among the new immigrants.

The Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions presents a comprehensive, up to date overview of the intersection of religion with major social institutions. Rather than being narrowly pitched to sociologists of religion, the major audience for the book is social scientists who are interested in identifying and understanding what is known about ways in which religion relates to the specific institution which they are teaching and/or in which they are conducting research. Each chapter will review studies that explore ways in which religion intersects with one specific institution. Some of the institutions covered are:

Family and the Life Cycle

Religion and Inequality

Social Control


Religion as a Social Institution

The Handbook of Religion and Social Institutions will be of interest to a broad array of scholars working across the social science disciplines.


Gender Institution Nation Transnational politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen Rose Ebaugh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of HoustonHouston

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