Association for the Sociology of Religion
The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an academic association with more than 700 members worldwide. It publishes a journal, the Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review and holds meetings at the same venues and times as the American Sociological Association.
The ASR was founded by Catholic sociologists in Chicago in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society. The organization adopted its present name in 1970, reflecting changes in the Vatican's policy that led to greater openness towards other faiths. It has long since become a base for sociological research on religion without regard to belief, creed, or religious orientation.
The association publishes a journal, Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, as well as a quarterly newsletter. It is the co-publisher of an annual series entitled Religion and the Social Order. The association provides research grants.
The ASR, which has over 700 members worldwide, continues its historical practice of holding its meetings at the same venues and times as the American Sociological Association, allowing mutual cross-fertilisation between the two associations. Past presidents of the ASR include David G. Bromley, James T. Richardson, Eileen Barker and Benton Johnson
- Swatos, William H.; Kivisto, Peter (1998). Encyclopedia of religion and society. Rowman Altamira. ISBN 978-0-7619-8956-1. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
- Lewis, James R. (2004). The Oxford handbook of new religious movements. Oxford University Press US. pp. xi. ISBN 978-0-19-514986-9.
- Bromley, David G. (2007). Teaching new religious movements. Oxford University Press US. pp. x. ISBN 978-0-19-517729-9.
- Beckford, James A.; Richardson, James T. (2003). Challenging Religion: Essays in Honour of Eileen Barker. Routledge. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-415-30948-6.
- Swatos, William H.; Peter Kivisto (1998). Encyclopedia of Relition and Society. Latham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 251–252. ISBN 978-0-7619-8956-1.
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