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The nature of religious diversity: a cultural ecosystem approach

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Studies of religious and other cultural groups tend to be particularistic or focus on one or more axes of variation. In this article we develop a more comprehensive approach to studying cultural diversity that emulates the study of biological diversity. We compare our cultural ecosystem approach with the axis approach, using the distinction between “tight” and “loose” cultures as an example. We show that while the axis approach is useful, the cultural ecosystem approach adds considerable valu...

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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6935-6724
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Name:
John Templeton Foundation
Grant:
37624
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Religion, Brain and Behavior More from this journal
Volume:
7
Issue:
2
Pages:
134-153
Publication date:
2016-07-04
Acceptance date:
2015-06-05
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EISSN:
2153-5981
ISSN:
2153-599X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
pubs:634715
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uuid:4ae29315-e2a0-4600-9a97-e67224a85e02
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pubs:634715
Source identifiers:
634715
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2018-05-23

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