The Social Psychology of Religion (Psychology Revivals)

By Michael Argyle, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

© 1958 – Routledge

246 pages

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pub: 2014-10-13
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About the Book

Originally published in 1975, this book is a completely rewritten, revised version of Michael Argyle’s standard work, Religious Behaviour, first published in 1958. A great deal of new research had appeared since that date, which threw new light on the nature and origins of religious behaviour, beliefs and experience.

Trends in religious activity in Britain and the United States since 1900, and the state of religion in these two countries at the time, are examined. Evidence is presented on the origins of religious activity – including the effects of stress, drugs, meditation, evangelistic meetings, personality variables, and social class. Other studies examine the effects of religion, for example on mental and physical health, political attitudes, racial prejudice, sexual behaviour, morals, and the relation between religion and scientific and other achievements.

The findings are used to test the main theories about religion which have been put forward by psychologists and other social scientists, such as Freud’s father-projection theory, cognitive need theories, and deprivation-compensation theories.

Table of Contents

Preface 1 Introduction 2 Religious activity in Great Britain and the USA, 1900-73 3 Environmental and situational factors 4 Age and religion 5 Sex differences 6 Personality and religion 7 Social and political attitudes 8 Religion and personal adjustment 9 Sex and marriage 10 Social and economic factors 11 Theories of religious behaviour Bibliographical index Subject index

About the Series

Psychology Revivals

Psychology Revivals is a new initiative aiming to re-issue a wealth of academic works which have long been unavailable. Encompassing a vast range from across the Behavioural Sciences, Psychology Revivals draws upon a distinguished catalogue of imprints and authors associated with Routledge and Psychology Press, restoring to print books by some of the most influential scholars of the last 120 years.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
RELIGION / Psychology of Religion