Encyclopedia of Religion
and Society

William H. Swatos, Jr. Editor

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Editors and Editorial Board


William H. Swatos, Jr ., Executive Officer, Association for the Sociology of Religion and Religious Research Association. Coauthor, Icelandic Spiritualism: Mediumship and Modernity and For Democracy ; editor or coeditor of numerous volumes in the sociology of religion. Editor of the journal Sociological Analysis (1989-1992), Sociology of Religion (1993-1994).

Associate Editor

Peter Kivisto , Professor and Chair of Sociology, Augustana College of Illinois. Author, Key Ideas in Sociology, Illuminating Social Life and Americans All as well as other books and articles in ethnicity, theory, and political sociology. Secretary-Treasurer of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association, Executive Board Member of the Immigration History Society.

Assistant Editors

James McClenon , Associate Professor of Sociology, Elizabeth City State University of North Carolina. Author, Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology and Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief.

Barbara J. Denison , Director of Continuing and Distance Education, Penn State Harrisburg-Capital College. Executive Officer, Association for the Sociology of Religion, 1988-1995; North Central Sociological Association, 1985-1993.

Editorial Board

David G. Bromley , Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University. Coauthor and coeditor of books and articles in the area of new religious movements, including The Handbook of Cults and Sects . President, Association for the Sociology of Religion (1994). Editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (1993-1995).

Roberto Cipriani , Professor of Sociology, Third University of Rome. Author of Sociology of Legitimation, La religione dei valori , and numerous articles on a variety of topics within the sociology of religion. President, Research Committee 22, International Sociological Association (1990-1994). Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Sociology (1994-1998).

James D. Davidson , Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University. Coauthor, American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church and Laity: American and Catholic . President, Religious Research Association (1989-1990). Executive Officer, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (1988-1993). Editor, Review of Religious Research (1977-1980).

Grace Davie , Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Exeter. Author, Religion in Britain Since 1945: Believing Without Belonging ; coeditor, IdentitÚs religieuses en Europe . Secretary General, International Society for the Sociology of Religion (1993-1997).

Doyle Paul Johnson , Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Author, Sociological Theory: Classical Founders and Contemporary Perspectives plus journal articles in sociology of religion and gerontology. Editor, Review of Religious Research (1990-1999).

Edward C. Lehman , Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, State University College of New York at Brockport. Author, Gender and Work, Women in Ministry: Receptivity and Resistance , and Women Clergy: Breaking Through Gender Barriers . President, Association for the Sociology of Religion (1992); Religious Research Association (1999-2000). Editor, Review of Religious Research (1984-1990).

Armand L. Mauss , Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Washington State University. Author, The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation and other works in Mormon studies. Editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (1989-1992).

Joseph B. Tamney , Professor of Sociology, Ball State University. Author, American Society in the Buddhist Mirror, The Resilience of Christianity , and The Struggle for Singapore's Soul . Editor of the journal Sociology of Religion (1995-2000).


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