Religious Change: New Datasets, New Tools, New Insights


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Special session A20-134 at the American Academy of Religion Conference

 

Chair: F. LeRon Shults, University of Agder

The Dimensions of Religiosity Dataset (DIM-R+)

Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, University of Bialystok

 

Harmonization of Eight Decades of US Religion Datasets

Rachel Bacon, Center for Mind and Culture

 

Linking Historical Ethnographic and Contemporary Survey Datasets to Study Religious Identity and Change in India

Gina Zurlo, Harvard University

 

The Assumption-Relative Religious Demographics Information System (ARDEMIS)

Wesley J. Wildman, Boston University

 

Abstract: 2023 marks the release of several datasets and analytical tools capable of generating new insights into religious identity and change. The proposed panel presents four of these datasets, all of which take account of multiple dimensions of religiosity and incorporate multiple waves of data collection. (1) DIM-R+ is the longed-for harmonization of numerous multi-wave, multi-national surveys (ISSP, WVS, EVS, ESS). (2) RICH-USA is a systematic harmonization of numerous surveys on religious and identity and change in the USA. (3) RICH-India is a systematic harmonization of numerous surveys on religious and identity and change in India. (4) ARDEMIS is a system for visualizing the impact of measurement assumptions on religious demographic projections. These publicly available datasets and tools have unusually broad potential for advancing understanding of religious identity and change and thus will be of strong interest to scholars of religion who make use of demographic religion data in their research.

 

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