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Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Deviance and Social Control
My general research interests are in the sociologies of religion, deviance, and culture. More specifically my research interests include patterns of religiosity and secularism, "folk" beliefs, public perceptions of science and religion, paranormal subcultures, and constructionist theories of deviance. I am currently working on a book about American secularism. I am also a senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives.
Bader, Christopher D., F. Carson Mencken and Joseph Baker. Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. New York, NY: NYU Press.
Whitehead, Andrew L. and Joseph Baker. Science, Religion, and Homosexuality: Moral Authority and the Persistence of Negative Attitudes. Sociological Inquiry (forthcoming).
Baker, Joseph. Public Perceptions of Incompatibility between "Science and Religion." Public Understanding of Science 21(3):340-54.
Baker, Joseph. Social Sources of the Spirit: Connecting Rational Choice and Interactive Ritual Theories in the Study of Religion. Sociology of Religion 71(4):432-56.
Draper, Scott and Joseph Baker. Angelic Belief as American Folk Religion. Sociological Forum 26(3):623-43.
Baker, Joseph. The Expression of Low Self-Control as Problematic Drinking in Adolescents: An Integrated Control Perspective. Journal of Criminal Justice 38(3):237-44.
Baker, Joseph and Buster G. Smith. None Too Simple: Examing Issues of Religious Nonbelief and Nonbelonging in the United States. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48(4): 719-33.
Baker, Joseph and Buster G. Smith. The Nones: Social Characteristics of the Religiously Unaffiliated. Social Forces 87(3):1251-64.