Organizational Change and Religious Commitment

@article{Aguirre1980OrganizationalCA,
  title={Organizational Change and Religious Commitment},
  author={Benigno E. Aguirre and Jon P. Alston},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  year={1980},
  volume={23},
  pages={171 - 197}
}
Analysis of membership and activity data of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Cuba during 1938–1965 indicates two general trends. During the first period of 1938–1947, the membership increased from roughly 100 to 4000 members while the average activism levels (amount of religious activity per member) gradually decreased. This lessening in religious commitment was associated with an increase in the size of the congregations, which had the effect of diminishing the probability of primary relations among… Expand

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