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Using Mahoney’s Relational Spirituality Framework, we summarize mixed evidence that has linked global markers of general involvement in religion to the formation (partner selection, decisions to cohabit, date or marry), maintenance (union satisfaction, infidelity, domestic violence), and dissolution (divorce) of romantic relationships. We then examine four specific religious/spiritual (RS) factors that have been robustly tied to better relationship functioning: sanctification, spiritual intimacy, prayer for partner, and positive RS coping. Next, we discuss more rare but toxic RS factors that can undermine the quality of romantic unions and the well-being of the partners, particularly after romantic dissolution or divorce. We hope this chapter helps readers appreciate the roles of religion and spirituality, for better and worse, for romantic relationships.
Bandits and Liberals, Rebels and Saints: Latin America since Independence. By Alan Knight. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2022. Pp. xvi + 423. $35.00 paperback. ISBN: 9781496229786.
Latecomer State Formation: Political Geography and Capacity Failure in Latin America. By Sebastián Mazzuca. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2021. Pp. xii + 448. $50.00 hardcover. ISBN: 9780300248951.
Republics of Knowledge: Nations of the Future in Latin America. By Nicola Miller. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020. Pp. ix + 304. $42.00 hardcover. ISBN: 9780691176758.
The Mexican Revolution’s Wake: The Making of a Political System, 1920–1929. By Sarah Osten. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. Pp. xiv + 290. $29.99 paperback. ISBN: 9781108401289.
Five Republics and One Tradition: A History of Constitutionalism in Chile, 1810–2020. By Pablo Ruiz-Tagle. Translated by Ana Luisa Goldsmith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Pp. x + 314. $110.00 hardcover. ISBN: 9781108835312.
Liberalism as Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Legal Rule in Post-colonial Mexico, 1820–1900. By Timo H. Schaefer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Pp. x + 248. $29.99 paperback. ISBN: 9781316640784.
A Woman, a Man, a Nation: Mariquita Sánchez, Juan Manuel de Rosas, and the Beginnings of Argentina. By Jeffrey M. Shumway. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2019. Pp. xvii + 334. $34.95 paperback. ISBN: 9780826360908.
Los juegos de la política: Las independencias hispanoamericanas frente a la contrarrevolución. By Marcela Ternavasio. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores, 2021. Pp. 264. Arg$1,720 paperback. ISBN: 9789878010809.
A Life Together: Lucas Alamán and Mexico, 1792–1853. By Eric Van Young. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2021. Pp. xii + 833. $50.00 hardcover. ISBN: 9780300233919.
Our goal in this book has been to examine the production of knowledge in the social science disciplines with an eye to improvements that might be implemented, now or in the foreseeable future. To bring this matter into view, we adopted a systemic (macro-level) framework – as distinguished from the micro-level framework usual to social science methodology, which focuses primarily on the production and vetting of individual studies.
In recent years, methods of data collection in the social sciences have expanded in range and sophistication. New data sources (many of them hosted on the worldwide web) and data harvesting techniques (e.g., web crawlers) have been discovered, leading to big-data projects of a sort previously unimaginable (Steinert-Threlkeld 2018).