Economics and Religion

In the 1980s, it was easy and correct to state that in social sciences, research related to economic issues in a religious context had not received the attention it deserved. But in the 1990s, a new field of research emerged, under the all-embracing umbrella of ‘economics of religion’, shedding a new light on what was labelled ‘economy and religion’.

Classical issues used to focus on values, social organization, and ideology and were aimed at exploring the interactions between economy and religion (as two different realities), putting emphasis on the role of religious ideas in economic behaviours (in Durkheim’s works) and, in a reverse way, on the role of religion in social and economic conducts (in Weber and Marx’s studies). Occasionally, other works explored aspects of economy ...

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