Monotheism, materialism, and collective purpose: an analysis of underhill's correlations

American Journal of Sociology Vol/Iss. 80 Published In Pages: 862-869
By Swanson, Guy E.


This article contests Underhill’s (1975) claim that monotheism is associated more strongly with subsistence than political organization in preindustrial societies. The author asserts that when political organization is held constant, there is no relationship between subsistence strategy and monotheism. Number of sovereign groups is found to be a good predictor of monotheism.

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