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Interaction Ritual Chains and Religious Participation1
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2012
© 2012 Eastern Sociological Society
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 896–912, December 2012
How to Cite
Wollschleger, J. (2012), Interaction Ritual Chains and Religious Participation. Sociological Forum, 27: 896–912. doi: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2012.01361.x
The author thanks Steve Pfaff, Becky Pettit, James Wellman, Anthony Gill, James Felak, Marion Goldman, Trey Causey, Katie Corcoran, and the three anonymous reviewers for their comments. However, all errors of fact and omission are those of the author.
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2012
- religious economies;
This article explores congregational-level influences on religious participation by adding a distinctively sociological approach to the debate through the application of Collins’s interaction ritual chain theory—a reinterpretation and integration of Durkheim and Goffman—at a congregational level of analysis. Arguing that the congregational worship service can be understood as an interaction ritual, this article offers an initial exploration of the role of effective ritual in increasing religious participation rates. Using the National Congregation Study (1998) data set, the findings from the multiple regression analysis offer support for both interaction ritual chains and religious economies predictors on a congregational attendance ratio.