Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

Using data from the World Values Survey and European Values Survey, this dissertation examines how religiosity is associated with gender equality, tolerance, and subjective wellbeing in Turkey. The major findings indicate that higher levels of importance given to God are associated with greater support of gender equality for women’s place in public sphere, whereas greater mosque attendance disapproves gender equality in both public sphere and paid labor force. Also, religious variables are found to be predictive of people’s opinions about two forms of tolerance. The findings suggest that higher levels of religious self-identification, importance given to religion and God, and mosque attendance are all associated with reduced tolerance of out-groups (i.e., Jews, Christians, people of a different race, immigrants/foreign workers, and gypsies) and divergence on moral issues (i.e., abortion, divorce, suicide, euthanasia, and homosexuality). At the same time, the results suggest that higher levels of religious self-identification, importance given to religion and God, and mosque attendance are all associated with greater levels of happiness and life satisfaction.

Date

6-4-2020

Committee Chair

Kamo, Yoshinori

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