Religion as an Occupation: A Study in the Sociology of Professions

Religion as an Occupation: A Study in the Sociology of Professions

Religion as an Occupation: A Study in the Sociology of Professions

Religion as an Occupation: A Study in the Sociology of Professions

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Two areas of scientific investigation come together in the present study: the sociology of religion and the sociology of occupations. Yet the data are drawn from a variety of sources, and there are still gaps in our knowledge that further research must fill in. The material here is chronologically arranged in the following sequence: the background and selection of candidates; their professional training and education; the roles they perform and problems they meet during their careers; the structural and organizational forms in which they are encapsulated.

The origin of the present book dates to an invitation extended in 1955 by Father Roland Simonitsch, C.S.C., then chairman of the Department of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He felt that the course on Theology of Vocations, presented to the graduate students in his department, should be paralleled by a course in the Sociology of Vocations. The evolution of this series of lectures took place during the three summer sessions of 1956, 1958 and 1960 at Notre Dame University, and in one summer session at Fordham University in 1959. Research papers by graduate students, and critical discussions with faculty members in both Sociology and Theology, have helped greatly to focus the problems and to sharpen the analysis of the material presented in this book.

Three nationwide studies of Catholic persons following the Church vocation had already delved into the "backgrounds" of vocation. The earliest and largest was that of Thomas Bowdern, who did a doctoral thesis on 2,483 males and 5,003 . . .

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