The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an international scholarly association that seeks to advance theory and research in the sociology of religion. The Association encourages and communicates research that ranges widely across multiple themes and approaches in the study of religion, and is a focal point for comparative, historical, and theoretical contributions in the field. In addition, the Association facilitates the sharing of its members' interests with sociologists in other disciplines. The ASR is independent of all other professional associations.
The Association was founded in 1938 as the American Catholic Sociological Society to conduct scientific research in an atmosphere congenial to religious faith. By the mid-1960's, members interests began to focus on the sociology of religion, and in 1971 the ACSS changed its name to the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Since then, ASR has cultivated the diverse elements of its unique heritage to support a broadly based sociology of religion relevant to many other subfields of sociology and to other scholarly disciplines. To reflect this mission, our journal's title was changed, beginning in 1993, from Sociological Analysis to Sociology of Religion.
Our 700+ members come from all continents of the world, and their interests and perspectives are just as diverse and global. They include some of the world's leading authorities on religion and some of the newest scholars from sociology and other disciplines alike. Dispersed or assembled, our activities are distinguished by inclusive and lively dialogue that is as respectful of its participants as it is passionate for truth. We invite all who share our goals and interests to join us as members of the Association. Membership, however, is open to all, although it is understood that members will subscribe to the code of ethics of the American Sociological Association.
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