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The Sociology of Religion of W.E.B. Du Bois

Phil Zuckerman
Sociology of Religion
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Summer, 2002), pp. 239-253
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3712567
Page Count: 15
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The Sociology of Religion of W.E.B. Du Bois
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Abstract

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) wrote a significant amount on religion from a penetrating sociological perspective. He should be considered the first American sociologist of religion. This article calls attention to Du Bois as a founding sociologist of religion and summarizes his major scholarly contributions. His work in the sociology of religion is characterized by 1) a reliance upon standard and diverse sociological methods in generating data; 2) a focus on the religious life of African Americans, and 3) pioneering special attention to the this-worldly, communal, specifically social rewards which religious affiliation provides.

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