Sociological Analysis 1980,41,2:99-108 Religion and the Construction of Social Problems*
Author(s)Jeffrey K. Hadden
Contributor(s)The Pennsylvania State University CiteSeerX Archives
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AbstractThe conceptual link between religion and social problems is weak. This paper attempts to address this weakness in two ways. First, it argues, contrary to traditional thought, that the process of secularization enhances rather than diminishes the role ofreligious institutions in the difinition ofand attempts to resolve social problems. Second, it sketches a conceptual framework for developing systematic theory about why, when, and how religious organizations become engaged in social problems.