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Is There a Catholic Sharing Ethic?: A Research Note

Daniel Rigney, Jerome Matz and Armando J. Abney

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 65, issue 2, pages 155-165
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712404
Is There a Catholic Sharing Ethic?: A Research Note

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Tropman (1995) and others have hypothesized the existence of a distinctively Catholic ethic centered on the values of community and sharing with others, in contrast to a Weberian Protestant ethic emphasizing individual achievement and self-reliance. This study evaluates the hypothesis empirically by examining Gallup and General Social Survey data reflecting self-reported volunteer service by religious affiliation. While these limited data on volunteerism m the United States do not corroborate the existence of a distinctively Catholic sharing ethic, they do point toward the need for further research on cultures of sharing in general, both religious and secular.

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