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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Aunt Sue and Pal Al Travel Around the World: Attitudinal Correlates of Religious Bridging Social Networks in Eleven Democracies

Comparative Politics
 
Religion
 
Social Capital
 
Political Sociology
 
Presenter
Dietlind Stolle
McGill University
Authors
Dietlind Stolle
McGill University
Richard Traunmüller
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Abstract
The idea that cross-cutting social ties are beneficial to both individuals and society has long been a staple in in the social sciences. Yet we know remarkably little about the religious composition of social networks and inter-religious contacts of general citizens in modern democracies. Based on unique survey data taken from the Bertelsmann Religion Monitor 2013, this paper provides the first cross-national comparison of the attitudinal correlates of religious bridging in social networks for a total of eleven modern democracies across the globe. The survey captures regular inter-religious contacts in the four social spheres of family, neighborhood, workplace, and leisure time are captured. We will examine how religious bridging relates to a number of civic attitudes such as religious tolerance. Second, we will analyze the socio-demographic correlates of religious bridging and try to understand which societal context is most beneficial for the relationship between religious bridging ties and civic outcomes.
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