Reconceptualizing Religious Change: Ethno-Apostasy and Change in Religion among American Jews

By Shaul Kelner, Benjamin Phillips

Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2006

Drawing upon data from the NJPS 2000-1, we argue that traditional approaches to the study of religious mobility - both apostasy and switching - are increasingly problematic. Apostasy from ethno-religious communities, in particular, must be reformulated to incorporate an ethnic dimension. Analyses using this revised concept of ethno-apostasy lead to results that at times diverge from those of previous research. The findings suggest that the premise that religious switching is a binary change from one mutually incompatible state to another must be reconceptualized to account for declining support in American society for the assumption that a person can hold only one religious affiliation at a time.

Topic: Identity Formation, Religion

Name of Publication: Sociology of Religion

Volume/Issue: 67:4

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kelner, Shaul. Phillips, Benjamin. Reconceptualizing Religious Change: Ethno-Apostasy and Change in Religion among American Jews. Sociology of Religion. Association for the Sociology of Religion. 2006: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2510


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