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The Effects of Switching on Denominational Subcultures

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Abstract:

For many years, sociologists have examined the role of religious collectivities in shaping individual attitudes and behaviors. This research has assumed that religious groups are the “locus of subcultural differences” in social attitudes. However, scholars have not addressed how denominational mobility or switching affects denominational subcultures. Our research uses data from the General Social Surveys to examine the consequences of switching on denominational subcultures. Our analysis investigates denominational differences in central tendencies and differences in homogeneity for “switchers” and those who remain affiliated with the same religious group over the life course. Further, comparisons of both types of religious group differences are adjusted to account for sociodemographic characteristics. Several promising directions for future research on religious variations in social values and attitudes are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0021-8294.00074

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816., Email: dgay@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu 2: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816., Email: jlynxwil@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu 3: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79407., Email: locwp@ttacs.ttu.edu

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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