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    Catholic Commitment Around the Globe: A 52- Country Analysis

    Conway, Brian and Spruyt, Bram (2018) Catholic Commitment Around the Globe: A 52- Country Analysis. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 57 (2). pp. 276-299. ISSN 0021-8294

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    This article investigates variation in Catholic religious commitment in different macro world regions. Although sociologists have examined variation in Catholic religiosity, this research has tended to be limited to Western European and Latin American contexts and has not gone beyond employing more than one measure of religiosity. In addition, prior research has rarely examined the effect of several explanatory frameworks together. Drawing on data from the European and World Values Survey as well as national-level data, we test for the influence of secularization/existential security, religious markets, and historical legacies on self-rated importance of God, private prayer, and church attendance across 52 countries in five world macro-regional contexts—Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania—of the church. Our findings provide strong support for the existential security perspective and partial support for the historical legacy perspectives. We conclude with implications for the study of religion and society in general.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Catholicism; religious commitment; world regions; survey research;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13150
    Depositing User: Brian Conway
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 15:34
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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