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Inventing American Religion Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation's Faith

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ISBN-10: 019025890X

ISBN-13: 9780190258900

Edition: 2015

Authors: Robert Wuthnow

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A billion-dollar a year polling industry claims to tell us not only which political candidates will win, but also how we are practicing our faith. Polls and surveys on American religion tell us how many Americans went to church last week, whether Americans have been born again, if there is a war on Christmas, if atheists are winning, if miracles happen, and if Jesus is as popular as Harry Potter. No matter the topic, pollsters always seem to have the answer.Robert Wuthnow questions why it has become easy to take all of these results for granted. Response rates have plummeted, push polls done by robotic-calling machines have become more frequent, and sampling has become more difficult. A…    
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Book details

List price: $38.99
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2015
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 9.09" wide x 5.98" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Robert Wuthnow, a native of Kansas, teaches sociology and directs the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of many books about American religion and culture, including "Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s" and "Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future" (both Princeton).