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Who Buys New Age Materials? Exploring Sociodemographic, Religious, Network, and Contextual Correlates of New Age Consumption

Title: Who Buys New Age Materials? Exploring Sociodemographic, Religious, Network, and Contextual Correlates of New Age Consumption.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Ellison, Christopher G., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2000
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite the growing interest in New Age spirituality, few studies have explored the correlates of participation in New Age groups or activities. Drawing from previous work on New Age phenomena, and from other established traditions in the sociology of religion, we outline a set of hypotheses linking the consumption of New Age materials with four sets of factors: (a) sociodemographic characteristics; (b) conventional religious affiliation and participation; (c) embeddedness within networks of New Age believers and consumers; and (d) community religious context. We then test these hypotheses using data from a recent telephone survey of Texas residents. Few of the expectations are supported. Indeed, among Texans the purchase of New Age materials is more common and more evenly distributed across social space than previously suspected. By far the strongest predictor of such consumption is embeddedness within interpersonal networks composed of other New Age devotees. We conclude by identifying a number of promising directions for future theoretical and empirical work on New Age phenomena.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460127302 (IID), 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00039 (DOI)
Publication Note: Publisher's version of record available at http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/3/289.abstract
Preferred Citation: Mears DP, Ellison CG (2000) Who buys New Age materials? Exploring sociodemographic, religious, network, and contextual correlates of New Age consumption. Sociology of Religion 61(3): 289–313.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460127302
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Sociology of Religion.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 63

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Mears, D. P., & Ellison, C. G. (2000). Who Buys New Age Materials? Exploring Sociodemographic, Religious, Network, and Contextual Correlates of New Age Consumption. Sociology Of Religion. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460127302