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This conclusion chapter of the book shows how the findings reported in the book have implications for future research on conversion, for network theory, social constructivism, and interfaith dialogue, and how they could have an impact on (American) cultural sociology. The results discussed in the book align themselves with and reinforce the recently advocated "multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm" and "the person environment fit" model in the study of conversion. The book outlines how certain background patterns correlate with conversions to a specific religious group and that there is "a fit" between those backgrounds and conversions to the specific religious groups, thus highlighting the likely applicability of the "person-environment fit" model to conversion. Religious content matters for religious emotions, and in the way it influences the narrative. It can also play a role because it is linked to the characteristics of a specific group that attracts converts.

Keywords: cultural sociology; interfaith dialogue; multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm; network theory; social constructivism



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