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Which Societies Provide a Strong Religious Socialization Context? Explanations Beyond the Effects of National Religiosity
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
University of Oxford, England.
National Research University, Russia.
2014 (English)In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, ISSN 0021-8294, E-ISSN 1468-5906, Vol. 53, no 4, 739-759 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Religious socialization occurs within the immediate family as well as in the broader social context. Previous research has shown that parents religiosity matters less for the transmission of religious beliefs in devout than in secular nations, implying smaller costs of religious socialization. In this article we test which other societal factors affect the transmission of religious beliefs: anti-religious policies in formerly socialist countries, economic development, and income inequality. Our results indicate that societies with high levels of income inequality seem to provide the most favorable context for religious socialization. Individuals develop strong religious beliefs even if they only received little religious socialization within the family. Formerly socialist nations increased socialization costs through the overall suppression of religious practice. Economic development has no impact on socialization effects, suggesting that inequality is a more important driver of religious change than previously thought.

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Wiley , 2014. Vol. 53, no 4, 739-759 p.
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religious beliefs; religious socialization; multilevel analysis; cross-national comparison; inequality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113172DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12147ISI: 000345976800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113172DiVA: diva2:780321
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