The Role of Affective Religiosity in Marginal Catholic Identity

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The Role of Affective Religiosity in Marginal Catholic Identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Dinges, William D en_US Bhutta, Christine Marie en_US
dc.contributor.other Iannaccone, Laurence R en_US
dc.contributor.other Studzinski, Raymond en_US 2011-02-24T20:45:45Z 2011-02-24T20:45:45Z 2010 en_US 2011-02-24T20:45:45Z
dc.identifier.other Bhutta_cua_0043A_10078 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Religion and Culture. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract Research suggests that the religiously inactive are more likely to return to active participation if they continue to self-identify as members ("marginal" members) than if they relinquish their self-identification with the group ("former" members). However, very little research distinguishes these groups or explores other differences between them. This dissertation attempts to expose the factors that inform the religious identity of marginal and former Catholics. Binomial logit analysis supports the hypothesis that "affective religiosity" - emotional attachment to one's religious tradition and religious community - predicts whether inactive Catholics retain or relinquish their self-identification with the group. Ordered logit analyses partially support the hypothesis that marginal Catholics with strong affective ties are more likely than those with weak affective ties to return to active participation, marry another Catholic, and raise their children Catholic. Web-based personal interviews supplement the empirical findings. en_US
dc.format.extent 228 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Religion, General en_US
dc.subject Sociology, General en_US
dc.subject.other affect en_US
dc.subject.other Catholicism en_US
dc.subject.other identity en_US
dc.subject.other religious commitment en_US
dc.subject.other religious human capital en_US
dc.subject.other survey en_US
dc.title The Role of Affective Religiosity in Marginal Catholic Identity en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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