Encyclopedia of Religion
and Society

William H. Swatos, Jr. Editor

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Quarterly journal publishing two full-length thematic issues a year and two issues with thematic articles plus extensive book reviews and book notes. The journal was started in 1956 as Archives de sociologie des religions . To stress the pluralistic scientific approach to religious phenomena with sociology as its pivot, which had, however, characterized it from the beginning, its name was changed to the current one in 1973. This does not imply that the other human sciences such as anthropology, ethnology, history, and psychology are treated as "auxiliary sciences." In the earlier issues of the journal, sociographic studies had an important place; more recently, theoretical questions and comparative analysis have occupied a more central place. Sociographic studies continue to appear, but the balance between them and comparative and theoretical studies has shifted over the years.

The Archives is a French journal that also publishes translations of major contributions to the field in English or other languages. Occasionally an original English article is published. The extensive review sections, written in French, introduce readers to publications on religious phenomena written in all western European languages.

Karel Dobbelaere

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