Religion and Family

Penny Edgell

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and Family

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Based on extensive and in-depth research on religion and the family, this article focuses on such questions as the ways in which religion shapes family life and how families sustain and change religious institutions, described here as social locations, for the production and transmission of religious familism or ideology about what constitutes a family and what a good family should be like. It also asks a set of pertinent questions that seek to understand the fit or lack of fit between religion and the family today. This already-complex topic is made ever-more complex by the increasingly diverse and pluralistic character of modern society.

Keywords: religion; religious familism; religious pluralism; family

Article.  7038 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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