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Religious regulation's impact on religious persecution the effects of de facto and de jure religious regulations /

by Grim, Brian Jeffrey.

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Religious persecution is a form of social conflict that has attracted the attention of social scientists and policy makers in recent years. Religious persecution, as used in this dissertation, is the physical abuse or physical displacement of people due to their religious brand affiliation or due to their disposition to other religious brands. This dissertation investigates the proposition that religious regulation leads to religious persecution; specifically, this study investigates whether religious regulation—composed of socio-religious hegemony (de facto regulation) and inequitable legal/policy restrictions (de jure regulation)—offers a strong, significant, and direct explanation for variation in the level of religious persecution. Socio-religious hegemony (de facto regulation) is theorized to have both a direct impact on the level of religious persecution and an indirect effect on religious persecution, working through its impact on the inequitable legal/policy restriction (de jure regulation) of religion. Using improved measures for socioreligious hegemony and inequitable legal/policy restriction of religion for 196 countries, a series of hypotheses related to this proposition are developed and tested. Competing hypotheses are also considered and tested. The model of religious regulation put forward in this research also offers a practical approach to understanding the socio-religious forces which contribute to religious persecution, socio-religious conflict, and government responses to religion today. iv
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School:Pennsylvania State University

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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