Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byHenri Gooren

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The conversion career, defined as all episodes of participation in religious organizations during a person’s life, is a new and systematic approach to conversion and disaffiliation as a dynamic process. It is a tool to analyze the interplay of factors between the individual actor, the religious organization, and the wider social and cultural context.

This book is the first in over a decade to attempt a systematic synthesis of the field of conversion studies, encompassing the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, and theology. Gooren analyzes conversion and disaffiliation in a worldwide comparative framework, using data from North America, Europe, and Latin America.

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The conversion career, defined as all episodes of participation in religious organizations during a person’s life, is a new and systematic approach to conversion and disaffiliation as a dynamic process. It is a tool to analyze the interplay of factors between the individual actor, the religious organization, and the wider social and cu...

Henri Gooren is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He is the author of Rich among the Poor: Church, Firm, and Household among Small-Scale Entrepreneurs in Guatemala City (1999) and has written numerous articles, mostly dealing with various religions in Latin America.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 8.29 × 5.77 × 0.61 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230104533

ISBN - 13:9780230104532

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