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The Resource Inventing American religion : polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith, Robert Wuthnow

Inventing American religion : polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith, Robert Wuthnow

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Inventing American religion : polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith
Title
Inventing American religion
Title remainder
polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith
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Robert Wuthnow
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Inventing American religion
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polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nations faith
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eng
Summary
"Today, a billion-dollar-a-year polling industry floods the media with information... Polls tell us that 40 percent of Americans attend religious services each week. They show that African Americans are no more religious than white Americans, and that Jews are abandoning their religion in record numbers. According to leading sociologist Robert Wuthnow, none of that is correct. Pollsters say that attendance at religious services has been constant for decades. But during that time response rates in polls have plummeted, robotic 'push poll' calls have proliferated, and sampling has become more difficult. The accuracy of political polling can be known because elections actually happen. But there are no election results to show if the proportion of people who say they pray every day or attend services every week is correct. A large majority of the public doubts that polls can be trusted, and yet night after night on TV, polls experts sum up the nations habits to an eager audience of millions. Inventing American Religion offers a provocative new argument about the influence of polls in contemporary American society. Wuthnow contends that polls and surveys have shaped--and distorted--how religion is understood and portrayed in the media and also by religious leaders, practitioners, and scholars. He calls for a robust public discussion about American religion that extends well beyond the information provided by polls and surveys, and he suggests practical steps to facilitate such a discussion, including changes in how the results of polls and surveys are presented"--
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10450872
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Wuthnow, Robert
Dewey number
200.973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • Public opinion polls
  • Public opinion polls
  • Religion
  • United States
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adult
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polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith
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Inventing American religion : polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith, Robert Wuthnow
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Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The survey movement -- Measuring belief -- Scientific studies -- Pollsters as pundits -- In polls we trust? -- Talking back -- Taking stock
Control code
ocn905736000
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780190258900
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014047894
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)905736000
Label
Inventing American religion : polls, surveys, and the tenuous quest for a nation's faith, Robert Wuthnow
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The survey movement -- Measuring belief -- Scientific studies -- Pollsters as pundits -- In polls we trust? -- Talking back -- Taking stock
Control code
ocn905736000
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780190258900
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014047894
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)905736000

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