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4 Research Organizations

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A specialty such as the sociology of religion is inextricably tied up with the institutes that carry out research projects on a continuing basis. U.S. Bureau of the Census is a fairly permanent entity that carries out numerous demographic and economic studies for the U.S. federal government. To appreciate what the Interchurch World Movement (IWM) was about, it helps to see it as an outcome of Protestant intellectual ferment that reflected both nostalgia for and worry over rural America. The early studies reporting the IWM data were published under the auspices of the temporary Committee on Social and Religious Surveys. One notable report from the Bureau in the sociology of religion was Emil Lehman's National Survey on Synagogue Leadership. Most of the early work of the Bureau was commercial in nature, serving such clients as Bloomingdale's, Lucky Strike cigarettes, and Kolynos toothpaste (Horowitz 1985).

Keywords: Interchurch World Movement (IWM); religious surveys; research organizations; sociology; U.S. federal government



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