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Religion's Sudden Decline


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Chapter 1. The Shift from Pro-fertility norms to Individual-choice norms. Chapter 2. Religion matters. Chapter 3. The Secularization debate. Chapter 4. Evolutionary Modernization theory and secularization. Chapter 5. What's causing it? The rise of Individual-choice norms. Chapter 6. What's causing it? Insecurity. Chapter 7. Secularization accelerates in high-income countries. Chapter 8. What comes next: People need a clear belief system-- What is replacing religion? Chapter 9. What comes next: At what point does even Sweden get a xenophobic authoritarian party? Chapter 10. What Comes Next?

About the Author

Ronald F. Inglehart is the Lowenstein Professor of Political Science emeritus at the University of Michigan. He helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and is Founding President of the World Values Survey Association, which since 1981 has repeatedly surveyed representative national samples of the publics of 108 countries containing over 90 percent of the world's population. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and has three honorary doctorates.


"Inglehart has rewritten the story of how modernization affects religion. You might not agree with his theory, but you need to read this book: it will be cited in debates over religious change for years to come." -- David Voas, University College London

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