Home > Events & News > Brown Bag Schedule . Archive

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Pfeffer says housing bubble masked decade-long growth in household net worth inequality

House, Burgard, Schoeni et al find that unemployment and recession have contrasting effects on mortality risk

Smock says cohabitation does not reduce odds of marriage

Highlights

Jeff Morenoff makes Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list for 2014

Susan Murphy named Distinguished University Professor

Sarah Burgard and former PSC trainee Jennifer Ailshire win ASA award for paper

James Jackson to be appointed to NSF's National Science Board

Next Brown Bag


PSC Brown Bags will return in the fall

psc brown bag iconConversions and Continuities: The Implications of Tamang Conversion to Christianity in Nepal for Thinking about Ideational Change

Tom Fricke (Survey Research Center & Population Studies Center, Anthropology Department)

03/23/2009, at noon in room 6050 ISR-Thompson.

In the models of demographic and other social transitions, ideational change is taken as both dependent and independent variable. One powerful indicator of such change is religious conversion, itself taken by most social observers as implying a profound cultural rupture. In this presentation I discuss conversion to Christianity among a formerly Buddhist people of Nepal I have studied since 1981. Where my previous work focused on demographic and family transitions, here I focus on the micro-processes and contexts of conversion. I want to suggest that such conversions may be motivated, at least at the outset, by the preservation of key cultural attitudes and understandings. This has implications for how we understand the "religion" as an index of change and how we might want to think about ways of more accurately measuring cultural shifts at the individual level. A background paper for the talk is available.



  View All