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Religion, Deviance, and Social Control

ISBN-10: 0415915295
ISBN-13: 9780415915298
Edition: 1997
List price: $53.95
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Does religion have the power to control behavior? Are religious people less apt to steal, cheat, use drugs and alcohol, commit suicide, join cults or become mentally ill? Do cities with high rates of religious participation have lower crime and substance abuse rates, less suicide and mental illness, and fewer cults? Is religion an essential element in the success of utopian communities? Does the old notion of the "moral community" remain relevant for understanding contemporary life? InReligion, Deviance and Social Control,Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge answer "Yes" to these questions. Analyzing data from many times and places, they explore the subtle interplay between the religiousness of individuals and that of their social contexts. The results are often surprising, and so are many of the interpretations given by the authors. Written in clear prose,Religion, Deviance and Social Controlwill appeal to all readers interested in thesocial implications of faith.

William Sims Bainbridge earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University, with a dissertation on the social origins of the space program, which became his first of 18 published scientific books (not counting edited volumes). He taught sociology, including the sociology of science and technology as well as theory and research methods, in major universities for 20 years. During this academic career, he wrote and published educational software, including computer-supported textbooks on survey research methods and techniques of statistical data analysis. In 1992, he came to the National Science Foundation to direct the Sociology Program. At NSF, Bainbridge represented the social and behavioral sciences on many of the major technology-related government initiatives, including High Performance Computing and Communications, the Digital Library Initiative, Information Technology Research, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Given his computer background, in 2000 Bainbridge moved to the NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, serving three years as deputy director of the Division of Information & Intelligent Systems, and as a grants officer in programs such as Human-Computer Interaction, Science & Engineering Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, and currently Human-Centered Computing. During this time, he gained editorial experience as a member of the editorial team creating an Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics , writing 75 articles for a variety of conventional encyclopedias, editing three special issues of journals, then being sole editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction . This HCI encyclopedia was comparable to the current project in that it brought together 100 articles in two volumes to cover an important emerging area between the social and physical sciences and engineering. His efforts in the National Nanotechnology Initiative led him to be co-organizer and co-editor of several major book-length reports, published in conventional paper form and electronically. In approaching this leadership handbook, Bainbridge can draw upon over 16 years managing grant-giving programs across several sciences and areas of technology at NSF, during which time he developed an appreciation of many fields outside his own expertise and gained enduring contacts with a large number of leaders in science and engineering.

Religion and the Moral Order: An Introduction
Religion and Suicide
Durkheim's Suicide: An Inquest
Rediscovering Moral Communities
Religion as Context: Saving a "Lost Cause"
Drugs and Alcohol
Religious Cults
Religion and Mental Illness
Social Control in Utopian Communes
Brief Reflections on a Research Agenda
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