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Shame and Punishment: An International Comparative Study on the Effects of Religious Affiliation and Religiosity on Attitudes to Offending


Ferry Koster


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences; University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)

Heike Goudriaan


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Coen Van der Schans


affiliation not provided to SSRN

July 21, 2009

European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 481-495

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This study investigates the effects of having a religious affiliation and of an individual’s level of religiosity on social norms about victimless crimes. Two mechanisms are hypothesized to influence these norms: having a religious affiliation, via external sanctioning by others and religiosity via internal sanctioning. In addition, it was predicted that the effects of internal sanctioning would be stronger than the effects of external sanctioning. To test these hypotheses, we used the data from the World Values Survey (WVS) 1981-2004. The final dataset contains information on 128,243 respondents residing in 70 countries. The results of the multivariate analyses show that having a religious affiliation, as well as a higher level of religiosity result in a stronger condemnation of victimless crimes and that the effects of religiosity are stronger than the effects of belonging to a religious group.

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Keywords: victemless crimes, offending, social norms, religion

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Date posted: July 21, 2009 ; Last revised: January 7, 2010

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Koster, Ferry and Goudriaan, Heike and Van der Schans, Coen, Shame and Punishment: An International Comparative Study on the Effects of Religious Affiliation and Religiosity on Attitudes to Offending (July 21, 2009). European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 481-495. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1436943

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Ferry Koster (Contact Author)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.ferrykoster.nl
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)
PLantage Muidergracht 12
Amsterdam, 1018 TV
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.uva-aias.net
Heike Goudriaan
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Coen Van der Schans
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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