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Author Jindra, Ines W
Title A New Model of Religious Conversion : Beyond Network Theory and Social Constructivism
Imprint Leiden : BRILL, 2014
©2014
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (238 pages)
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Series Religion in the Americas Ser. ; v.14
Religion in the Americas Ser
Note Intro -- A New Model of Religious Conversion -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Conversions in Context: On the Interaction between the Personal and the Social -- Goals and Argument of the Book -- Religious Experience and Religious Conversion -- Religious Experience -- Religious Conversion -- Outline of the Book -- Methodology -- 2. Case Studies, the Key Concept and Converts' Background Experiences -- Selected Case Studies -- Introducing the Inductive, Comparative Model: The Key Concept and Background Experiences -- Shared Background Experiences -- Problems with Fathers and/or Mothers -- Short-Term Crises Prior to Conversion -- Key Concept - Contrasting Background Experiences -- The Experience of "Openness" or Disorganization (Category 1) -- Religious Meaninglessness -- Cultural, Social and/or Familial Disorganization -- Problems in the Area of Relationships and Self -- The Experience of Closed, Too Structured Backgrounds (Category 2) -- Too Much Religious Structure -- Too Much Cultural Structure -- Feeling at Home in One's Milieu of Origin (Category 3) -- Attractions of Religious Groups in Light of Background Experiences -- Conversions in Reaction to "Disorganization" (Category 1) -- Converts to the Jehovah's Witnesses: Religious Meaninglessness and Familial Disorganization -- Converts to Islam and the Jehovah's Witnesses: Cultural, Social and/or Familial Disorganization -- Converts to Christianity: Problems in the Area of Relationships and Self -- Conversions in Reaction to Closed, Too Structured Backgrounds (Category 2) -- Unitarian Universalists, One Buddhist: Too Much Religious Structure -- Converts to the Baha'i: Too Much Cultural Structure -- Feeling at Home in One's Milieu of Origin (Category 3) -- Converts to Various Christian Denominations, to the Baha'i and to Islam: Feeling at Home in One's Milieu of Origin
Conclusion -- Comparison with Henri Gooren's "Conversion Career Approach" -- Making Sense of Background Patterns in Light of Theories of Social Change -- 3. Network Influence, Strong Social Constructivism and the Backgrounds of Conversion -- Network Theory and Strong Social Constructivism: Explaining Why People Convert -- The Failure of Network Theory and Strong Social Constructivism in Explaining Why People Convert -- Why the Difference in Network Influence and Account Giving/Biographical Reconstruction? -- The Overall Pattern -- Cases for Which the Dominant Paradigms Fit -- Cases for Which the Dominant Paradigms Do Not Fit -- Summary of Associations -- Mechanisms -- 4. Altering a (Problematic) Trajectory, Religious Content, and Conversion -- Altering One's (Problematic) Trajectory -- Case Stories That Fit the Dominant Paradigms -- The Role of Network Influence in Altering One's (Problematic) Trajectory: Converts to the Jehovah's Witnesses and to Islam -- The Role of Network Influence, Positive Background Experiences, and Religious Emotions, Cognitions, and Beliefs: Adopting the Religion One Grew Up with -- Case Stories That Do Not Fit the Dominant Paradigms -- The Role of Religious Emotions, Cognitions, and Beliefs -- The Role of Religious Emotions, Cognitions, and Beliefs: Converts to Islam and to Christianity -- The Role of Increased Self-Reflexivity and Life Course Agency Due to Religious Emotions, Cognitions and Beliefs: Converts to Christianity -- The Role of Contradictory Aims and the Inability of Religious Emotions, Cognitions, and Beliefs to Address Them: Converts to Christianity and the Baha'i -- The Role of Existing Self-Reflexivity and Life Course Agency: Converts to the Baha'i and Unitarian Universalists -- Conclusion -- 5. Gender and Conversion -- Gender-Related Experiences and Conversion -- Two Case Studies
Comparing the Case Stories -- The Overall Picture -- The Dominant Paradigms and Gendered Dimensions of Conversion -- 6. Conclusion -- Implications for Research on Conversion -- The "Multilevel Interdisciplinary Paradigm" and the "Conversion Career Approach" -- On the Role of Religious Emotions, Cognitions, and Beliefs -- On Gender -- On Network Theory -- On Strong and Weak Social Constructivism -- Implications for Interfaith Dialogue -- Why Biographical Sociology Matters -- Appendix. Methodology -- A Critical Realist Framework -- The Narrative Interview -- Schütze's Theory of Narration -- The Analysis of the Narrative Interview -- Grounded Theory -- Coding and Sampling Strategies in Grounded Theory Research -- Religious Groups and Participants -- Participants and Sampling -- The Religious Groups -- Christianity/Christian Groups -- Jehovah's Witnesses -- Islam/Muslim Groups -- Baha'i -- Unitarian Universalism -- Methodological Limitations -- Bibliography -- Index
A New Model of Religious Conversion highlights connections between converts' backgrounds and the religions they convert to. It also critiques the prevalent application of network theory and social constructivism to the study of conversion narratives, while making the case for the introduction of biographical sociology to American sociology
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Jindra, Ines W. A New Model of Religious Conversion : Beyond Network Theory and Social Constructivism Leiden : BRILL,c2014 9789004264984
Subject Conversion.;Conversion -- Case studies.;Conversion -- Psychology
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