The relationship between religiosity and crime : a case study on university students in Turkey

Güneş, Tacettin
This is a study on social control functions of religion through analyzing the relationship between religiosity and crime. It aims to examine the relationship between religiosity and crime by examining the ءsocial control functions̕ of religion on formal and informal social control mechanisms that constitute main crime prevention factors of societies. As a set of values, religion has a social control function that constitutes a pressure to make members of a religion behave in accordance with the rules of that religion. By examining the extent of the correspondence between these religious rules and other social and formal rules we can see how religiosity could be a part of the social control mechanism, since religiosity means behaving according to religious rules. Religion, religiosity, formal and informal control mechanisms, the effects of religion on these mechanisms, crime, reasons of crime, crime prevention functions of religion for individuals, and effects of religiosity on crime commitments est. have been examined under the title of the relationship between religiosity and crime. Thus this study aims to find out social control functions of religion on crime through examining all these concepts and other related items by gathering data from 435 university students from Turkey.


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Citation Formats
T. Güneş, “ The relationship between religiosity and crime : a case study on university students in Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2003.