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Social Trust and Religion in Sweden: Theological Belief vs. Social Organization
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. Department of Social Sciences, Institute for Civil Society Studies, Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9314-9071
Department of Social Sciences, Institute for Civil Society Studies, Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: Religion and Civil Society in Europe / [ed] De Hart, Joep; Dekker, Paul; Halman, Loek, Springer Publishing Company, 2013, p. 109-124Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

he question of whether religion and religiosity is positively or negatively related to social trust has been widely debated. In this chapter we will, using data from a local level survey on trust in Sweden, test whether religiosity as belief and religion as social organization correlate in any way with social trust in the specific case of a highly secular society. We are applying a multilevel approach in which we introduce both individual and contextual level data (church attendance and church membership) and where our focus will be on the local or community level. We conclude that while general surveys on trust suggest, if anything, a negative relationship between religiosity and social trust, one can, even in a highly secular country like Sweden, identify a modest positive correlation between trust and religion, which, however, is limited to religion as social organization.

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Springer Publishing Company, 2013. p. 109-124
Keywords [en]
Trust, Religion, Church attendance, Faith, Sweden
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18880DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6815-4_6Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928852769ISBN: 978-94-007-6814-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18880DiVA, id: diva2:619136
Available from: 2013-05-02 Created: 2013-05-02 Last updated: 2015-08-13Bibliographically approved

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