Cloister and society

Analyzing the public benefit of monastic and mendicant institutions

Guillermina Jasso

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    Abstract

    It has long been thought that religious orders, by their very existence (apart from any direct service such as teaching or nursing), enhance the secular social welfare. This paper reports theoretical predictions, derived from the postulates of comparison theory, concerning the existence of this public benefit of the cloister and the determinants of its magnitude, including the effects of economic inequality and of the societal valued goods. The basic predictions suggest further implications for the rates of vocations and defections, for state sympathies toward religious orders, and for the rise and development of monastic and mendicant institutions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)109-136
    Number of pages28
    JournalThe Journal of Mathematical Sociology
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 1991

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    Keywords

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    Cloister and society : Analyzing the public benefit of monastic and mendicant institutions. / Jasso, Guillermina.

    In: The Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Vol. 16, No. 2, 01.05.1991, p. 109-136.

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