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Edited by Ralph L. Piedmont and David O. Moberg

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) publishes reports of innovative studies that pertain empirically or theoretically to the scientific study of religion, including spirituality, regardless of their academic discipline or professional orientation. Various articles are presented covering psychological, sociological and cross-cultural topics relevant to religious/spiritual researchers and academics.

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Giuseppe Giordan

The theme of conversion constitutes a privileged point to study the framework linking an individual to the sociocultural contexts in which he or she is included. Changes in personal biographies and sociocultural change are interwoven when we speak of conversion: values, speech, norms, behaviors, beliefs, lifestyles, interests--everything is open to potential debate when an individual "converts." Conversion is especially developed here through a connection with the dynamics of pluralism, which appears to be the most peculiar cultural characteristic of our era: what does it mean to speak of "conversion" in a time in which it seems that the presumption of only one "true" truth no longer exists, while instead many different truths live together, each with its own judgment criteria.

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Edited by Hector Avalos

Latinos/Latinas are the largest “minority” in the United States, but the field of U.S. Latino/Latina studies is still in its infancy. This work represents the first single volume ever published on the U.S. Latino/Latina religious experience, an area that is even less explored. A carefully selected group of experts examines the major sub-groups of Latinos/Latinas including Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans, along with some of the lesser studied groups such as Dominicans and Central Americans. In addition, the volume includes important thematic chapters on the role of art, film, health care, literature, music, politics, and women’s influence in the U.S. Latino/Latina religious experience.

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Edited by Ralph L. Piedmont and David O. Moberg

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) publishes reports of innovative studies that pertain empirically or theoretically to the scientific study of religion, including spirituality, regardless of their academic discipline or professional orientation. It is academically eclectic, not restricted to any one particular theoretical orientation or research method. Most articles report the findings of quantitative or qualitative investigations, but some deal with methodology, theory, or applications of social science studies in the field of religion.

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Edited by Ralph L. Piedmont

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) publishes reports of innovative studies that pertain empirically or theoretically to the scientific study of religion, including spirituality, regardless of their academic discipline or professional orientation.
The articles included in this volume report studies on the role of religion and spirituality in relationship to many topics of current popular interest, among them well-being, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, substance abuse, social mobility, positive psychology, coping with medical decision making, and images of God.

Terry Rey

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Religion and Human Rights, 1:229–248. Catholicism and Human Rights in Haiti: Past, Present, and Future Terry Rey* Abstract This article surveys the relationship between Catholicism and human rights during four periods of Haitian history: (1) the colonial era

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Sven Bretfeld

against its enemies. Leading figures of early Sinhalatva such as Anagārika Dharmapāla (1864–1933) had already used the memory of the ancient Buddhist kings and refashioned their struggles against foreign (usually Tamil) invaders as historical parallels to the present situation; a strategy that proved