Religion, Deviance, and Social Control

Religion, Deviance, and Social Control

by Rodney Stark, William Sims Bainbridge
     
 

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Does religion have the power to regulate human behavior? If so, under what conditions can it prevent crime, delinquency, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, or joining cults? Despite the fact that ordinary citizens assume religion deters deviant behavior, there has been little systematic scientific research on these crucial questions. This book is the first comprehensive

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Does religion have the power to regulate human behavior? If so, under what conditions can it prevent crime, delinquency, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, or joining cults? Despite the fact that ordinary citizens assume religion deters deviant behavior, there has been little systematic scientific research on these crucial questions. This book is the first comprehensive analysis, drawing on a wide range of historical and contemporary data, and written in a style that will appeal to readers from many intellectual backgrounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135771591
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Rodney Stark is Professor of Sociology and of Comparative Religion, University of Washington. William Sims Bainbridge is Director of the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation

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