General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology.

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  • Author(s): Wuthnow, Robert
  • Source:
    Sociology of Religion. Winter2014, Vol. 75 Issue 4, p594-606. 13p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
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    • Abstract:
      General concepts that illuminate topics across subfields are highly valued in sociology. Because the discipline encompasses a large number of diverse subfields, though, many of the concepts that are most useful within subfields are domain-specific. In practice, a dialectical relationship exists between the two. General concepts gain attention by drawing on and organizing domain-specific concepts. Research within subfields draws on general concepts to modify domain-specific concepts. In many instances, research demonstrates that general concepts must be specified in terms of other variables and contexts to inform empirical research. I illustrate these processes with examples from the study of religion in sociology, suggesting that this perspective is more helpful for understanding the disciplinary contributions of sociology of religion than bemoaning its apparent marginality. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • ISSN:
      1069-4404
    • Accession Number:
      10.1093/socrel/sru035
    • Accession Number:
      101036168
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    • ABNT:
      WUTHNOW, R. General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology. Sociology of Religion, [s. l.], v. 75, n. 4, p. 594–606, 2014. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Wuthnow R. General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology. Sociology of Religion. 2014;75(4):594-606. doi:10.1093/socrel/sru035.
    • APA:
      Wuthnow, R. (2014). General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology. Sociology of Religion, 75(4), 594–606. https://doi.org/10.1093/socrel/sru035
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Wuthnow, Robert. 2014. “General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology.” Sociology of Religion 75 (4): 594–606. doi:10.1093/socrel/sru035.
    • Harvard:
      Wuthnow, R. (2014) ‘General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology’, Sociology of Religion, 75(4), pp. 594–606. doi: 10.1093/socrel/sru035.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Wuthnow, R 2014, ‘General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology’, Sociology of Religion, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 594–606, viewed 19 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Wuthnow, Robert. “General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology.” Sociology of Religion, vol. 75, no. 4, Winter 2014, pp. 594–606. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1093/socrel/sru035.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Wuthnow, Robert. “General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology.” Sociology of Religion 75, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 594–606. doi:10.1093/socrel/sru035.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Wuthnow R. General Concepts and Domain-Specific Concepts: An Argument about the Study of Religion in Sociology. Sociology of Religion [Internet]. 2014 Winter [cited 2019 Sep 19];75(4):594–606. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rlh&AN=101036168