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Robert Hummer and Christopher Ellison’s new edited book "Religion, Families, and Health" out now

Posted: August 3, 2010

While the scientific community has experienced a resurgence in the idea that there are important linkages between religion and family life and religion and health outcomes, this study is still in its early stages, scattered across multiple disciplines, and of uneven quality. To date, no book has featured both reviews of the literature and new empirical findings. Religion, Families, and Health fills this void by bringing together leading social scientists who provide a theoretically rich, methodologically rigorous, and exciting glimpse into a fascinating social institution that continues to be extremely important in the lives of Americans.

Praise for the book:

  • "This excellent compilation of population-based research on the relationships of religion to family life and health establishes a research agenda for decades to come."  -Kenneth C. Land, John Franklin Crowell Professor of Sociology and Demography, Duke University
  • "A truly unique and important contribution to our growing knowledge about the relationship between religion, family life, and health. An important work deserving a wide reading."  -Christian Smith, Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • "A fascinating array of research that is well-grounded in key theoretical debates and draws insightful conclusions. This volume does a wonderful job of setting the agenda for research on religion and its impact on other aspects of American life."  -Robert V. Robinson, Indiana University
  • "Two of the top social institutions on anyone's list - the family and religion - both exert considerable influence on the well-being of their members.  Although there are long histories of research in each of these separate domains, here for the first time is a consideration of their joint impact, by leaders in the field of population health and the scientific study of religion."  -Ellen Idler, Emory University

CHRISTOPHER G. ELLISON is the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams Sr. Centennial Professor in the department of sociology and a research associate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or coauthor of approximately one hundred journal articles and chapters on the topics of religion and family life and religion and health in the United States.

ROBERT A. HUMMER is a professor and chairperson in the department of sociology and a research associate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the coauthor of Living and Dying in the USA, winner of the 2002 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Social Demography from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association.

For more information, go to the Rutgers University Press page.

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