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- DescriptionThe third position of interest is the market approach. One issue that needs to be examined here is whether the degree of separation of church and state and religious pluralism affect the vitality of the religious field or t. Proponents of the market approach claim that the modern age is t necessarily diminishing religion but can even foster it, namely because it always falls short of its own (Finke/Stark 1988, 2006; Iannaccone 1991; Stark/Iannaccone 1994; Iannacone/Finke/Stark 1997; Warner 1993). According to them, it mainly stimulates religious productivity due to the ecomic principle of competition. The more pluralistic the religious field and the more market-oriented its organizational forms (and exactly this is assumed to happen in modern times), the more religious vitality is encouraged: under competitive conditions, the providers of religious services are forced to face the particular challenge of retaining their members and of attracting new members, responding to the needs of their clientele and offering efficient services. However, if one particular church holds a religious mopoly, its officials become indifferent and lazy ; they lose their ability to be socially responsive. Much like in business, competition is good for religion, too. Besides, customers who are dissatisfied with a religious product in a pluralistic religious market can look for ather religious product to better suit their needs, while their only alternative in a mopolistic religious structure is to turn away from religion altogether.
- Author BiographyGert Pickel, Prof. Dr., Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Institute for Practical Theology, University of Leipzig. Olaf Muller, research associate at the Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics in Pre-modern and Modern Cultures and at the Institute of Sociology at University of Munster.
- PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleVer Ffentlichungen Der Sektion Religionssoziologie Der Deuts
- Place of PublicationWeisbaden
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintVS Verlag fur Sozialwissenschaften
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, bibliography
- Weight336 g
- Width170 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Edited byGert Pickel,Olaf M Ller,Olaf Muller
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Trade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound,Unsewn / adhesive bound
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