The importance of social science in the study of religion

Steve Bruce

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-29
Number of pages22
JournalFieldwork in Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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