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Trosfränder och partivänner - En kvantitativ studie av religiöst engagemang och politiskt deltagande utifrån socialt kapital

Olsson, Martin LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This thesis examines if participation in religious activities incentivise participation in political activities. It is hypothesised that persons who often participate in religious activities often participate in political activities. The results are then to be analyzed with the question; how can the results be explained using social capital theory? Theory used in this paper is mainly derived from Putnams work on social capital, with emphasis on what role religion plays in producing trust and political participation. Religious activity is measured in meditation and participation in religious meetings while political participation is measured in contact with politicians, voting and membership in a party. Social capital is measured in three... (More)
This thesis examines if participation in religious activities incentivise participation in political activities. It is hypothesised that persons who often participate in religious activities often participate in political activities. The results are then to be analyzed with the question; how can the results be explained using social capital theory? Theory used in this paper is mainly derived from Putnams work on social capital, with emphasis on what role religion plays in producing trust and political participation. Religious activity is measured in meditation and participation in religious meetings while political participation is measured in contact with politicians, voting and membership in a party. Social capital is measured in three indicators on trust. The hypothesis is tested by using statistical method, with data from Survey 2009. The results show that only participation in religious meetings and membership in parties correlate and therefore the hypothesis cannot be confirmed. However, there seems to be a connection between religious participation and social capital. The paper suggests that the explanation can be found in how religious meetings expose attendants to networking and social interaction. Furthermore it is suggested that religious involvement does provide collective resources, but these resources may be difficult to utilize in a political environment. (Less)
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author
Olsson, Martin LU
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organization
course
STVK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Religion and politics, Religious participation, Political participation, Social capital, Trust
language
Swedish
id
3798595
date added to LUP
2013-07-01 12:57:16
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:38
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines if participation in religious activities incentivise participation in political activities. It is hypothesised that persons who often participate in religious activities often participate in political activities. The results are then to be analyzed with the question; how can the results be explained using social capital theory? Theory used in this paper is mainly derived from Putnams work on social capital, with emphasis on what role religion plays in producing trust and political participation. Religious activity is measured in meditation and participation in religious meetings while political participation is measured in contact with politicians, voting and membership in a party. Social capital is measured in three indicators on trust. The hypothesis is tested by using statistical method, with data from Survey 2009. The results show that only participation in religious meetings and membership in parties correlate and therefore the hypothesis cannot be confirmed. However, there seems to be a connection between religious participation and social capital. The paper suggests that the explanation can be found in how religious meetings expose attendants to networking and social interaction. Furthermore it is suggested that religious involvement does provide collective resources, but these resources may be difficult to utilize in a political environment.},
  author       = {Olsson, Martin},
  keyword      = {Religion and politics,Religious participation,Political participation,Social capital,Trust},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Trosfränder och partivänner - En kvantitativ studie av religiöst engagemang och politiskt deltagande utifrån socialt kapital},
  year         = {2013},
}