Out Of The Cloister

Out Of The Cloister

by Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh


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One of the first systematic, empirical studies of religious orders in the United States and one of the few sociological investigations of convents and the changes occurring within them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292740822
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/15/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Helen Rose Fuchs Ebaugh is Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Religious Orders: Old and New
    • Vatican Council II
    • Overview of the History of Religious Orders of Women
    • Pre-Vatican II Religious Orders
    • Post-Vatican II Religious Orders
  • 2. Sociological Perspectives
    • Utopias: Do Religious Orders Qualify?
    • Boundary Maintenance and Ideological Totalism
    • Costs and Rewards of Membership
    • Organizational Dilemmas
    • Hypotheses
    • Methodology
    • Organizational Survey Data
    • Case Studies
    • Interview Data
  • 3. Declining Membership in Religious Orders
    • New Recruits into Religious Orders, 1960-1970
    • Membership Losses, 1960-1970
    • Organizational Change and Rates of Leaving
    • Religious Variables, Change, and Membership Losses
  • 4. Education and the Exodus
    • Education and Rates of Leaving
    • Size and Leaving Patterns
  • 5. Why the Exodus from Religious Orders?
    • Reasons for Leaving
    • Reasons for Staying
  • 6. Convents: Reflections on Their Present and Future
  • Appendices
    • 1. Organizational Surveys
    • 2. Interview Schedules
    • 3. The Problem of Nonresponse
    • 4. Comparison of Sample to Total Population
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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