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The Importance of Social Science in the Study of Religion

Issue: Vol 4 No. 1 (2009)

Journal: Fieldwork in Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Linguistics

DOI: 10.1558/firn.v4i1.7


The author uses a range of contentious assertions about contemporary religion and spirituality to show the limits on what can be extrapolated from ethnographic work and to argue for the centrality of empirical positivistic social science to claims about the popularity and social significance of religious and spiritual phenomena.

Author: Steve Bruce

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