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Like many scholars, some of my articles are beginning to appear on the Web. This makes them much more available than they might otherwise be, especially given library cutbacks and journal cancellations. On the other hand, posting everything to the Web makes it much harder for publishers to make a living. If they go out of business, then all authors suffer.

THE FIRST SECTION consists of Web links to a small number of my published articles, for each of which I own the copyright.

One is in an online journal and another is a working paper that I prepared for Harvard's Weatherhead Center. The third appeared in a professional newsletter that is not apt to be found in libraries; I have posted the article as well as the link to that the newsletter. 

bullet "Human Rights, Religious Conflict, and Globalization: Ultimate Values in a New World Order." Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Journal on Cultural Pluralism (UNESCO), 1/1 May 1999.
bullet "Slow Journalism? Ethnography as a Means of Understanding Religious Social Activism."  PRPES Working Papers #36, Program in Religion, Political Economy and Society, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, September, 2003.
(The Weatherhead Center recently pulled their online Working Paper site, so I've posted the paper here.)
bullet"Religion and Globalization" Published in the Newsletter of the American Sociological Association Section on Religion, Fall 2001, p4.  The full newsletter is posted at

I have also posted three articles that were published in other countries, in two cases in other languages.  The first was published in English in a book that is now out-of-print.  The second was published in a Danish journal -- a language that most folks in the U.S. have not mastered.  (Neither have I, though I can read it well enough to be reasonably sure that the published version says what I intended.)   The third was a conference paper, published in Bulgarian.  Treat this as a working paper, as I have no idea what the published version actually says.

bullet"Body, Nature, and Culture in Spiritual Healing." Pp. 65-91 in Studies of Alternative Therapy 2: Bodies and Nature,
edited by Helle Johannessen et al. Copenhagen: INRAT/Odense University Press, 1995.
bullet "Transforming Religion: Religious Change and the Emergence of Interdisciplinary Scholarship"
Published as
Religion under forvandling: religiøs forandring og udviklingen af tværfaglig religionsforskning.” in
CHAOS: Dansk-Norsk Tidsskrift for Religionshistoriske Studier 46: 9-24, 2006.
Translated by Hans Raun Iversen et al.
bullet"Human Rights as a World Religion: Reflections on the Ideologies of a Globalized Multicultural World." Философски Алтернативи [Philosophical Alternatives, Bulgaria] 7/2:62-70, 1998. Translated to Bulgarian by N.B. Todorova.

And I have posted text and software for a computer simulation of a rational-choice model of religion.  The article appeared in a festschrift for an honored Norwegian colleague: Religion in Late Modernity: Essays in Honor of Pål Repstad, edited by Inger Furseth and Paul Leer-Salveson. Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press, 2007.  Of course, they couldn't include the software in the book, nor the illustrations in color.  I've posted both here.

bullet"Simulating Sects: A Computer Model of the Stark-Finke-Bainbridge-Iannaccone Theory of Religious Markets." 
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Kansas City, Missouri, October 24, 2004.

The SECOND SECTION contains two articles and a review from the journal Sociology of Religion (formerly Sociological Analysis), which is the copyright holder. 

I received permission from the Association for the Sociology of Religion to reprint the first of these -- an older article on Navajo ceremonies.  The second article and the review were posted at, perhaps without permission, though I'm not sure.  They've posted a bunch of my other reviews, though, which makes me think that they've worked out something with the journal.  On the other hand, they haven't reprinted everything I've published there, not even all the recent stuff.  Click here for a list of all the material they've reprinted.  The review below is my favorite, as it contains a few real ideas.

bullet"Experiencing Religious Rituals: A Schutzian Analysis of Navajo Ceremonies."  Reprinted by permission of the Association for the Sociology of Religion from Sociological Analysis (now renamed Sociology of Religion) 52/2: 191-204, 1991.
bullet"Rethinking religious social action: what is "rational" about rational-choice theory?" Sociology of Religion, 59/2: 99-115, 1998.
bullet"Review of Eliza McFeeley's Zuni and the American Imagination", Sociology of Religion 64/2: 281-282, 2003.

THIRD, I have posted a few conference papers that contain some interesting ideas. 

None has appeared in print.  Some were never intended for publication and I abandoned others as interesting but flawed. I have so many other projects going that I am not apt to do so anything with these any time soon. 

bullet "Couched Symbols: A Response to Current Psychoanalytic Thinking in the Sociology of Religion"
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, TX.
October 22, 2000. 
bullet "What Makes Jackie Protest?  Towards a Neo-Weberian Rethinking of Social Movement Action Theory."
Presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Society, Seattle, WA. 
Written early 1996.
bullet “Healing, the Individual Search for Meaning, and Modernity.” (PDF file)
A talk for the Seminar on Spirituality, Hope and Meaning in the Process of Healing
Program for Social Studies in Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense 9/07

FINALLY, I have posted a completed chapter from a long-abandoned book. 

 I use the chapter in my Human Rights course, as a clear summary of the issues that surrounded the Universal Declaration's 1948 adoption.  I encountered conceptual difficulties with the book of which it was supposed to be a part, however, so I laid the project aside and have not picked it up for ten years.  I shall likely work on this topic in the future, but not for a few more years and in a very different intellectual form.  Who knows whether this chapter will fit in? 

In case it does not, there is no point in sticking it in some drawer, subject to what Marx called "the gnawing criticism of the mice".

bullet"The Origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." (PDF file)  Chapter two of a proposed longer work
on human rights in a multi-cultural world.  Written in 1998 & 1999.

Click HERE to see a reasonably full list of my scholarly work (PDF file).

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