Religion and the Politics of Sexuality
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Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Using data from open-ended interviews with religious leaders in three Chicago neighborhoods in combination with demographic and survey data for area residents, this article demonstrates how local sexual norms and practices shape congregational responses to sexuality issues. These data reveal that local norms about sexual behavior and identity, and congregational identities and histories, are usually more salient than polity, official teaching, or denominational affiliation. The authors describe how local cultures, structures, and concernsâ€”from the identities and traditions of each congregation to the demographics and institutional infrastructure of each neighborhoodâ€”produce sometimes reinforcing and often cross-cutting pressures that drive congregational approaches to human sexuality.
Ellingson, Stephen; Tebbe, Nelson; Van Haitsma, Martha; and Laumann, Edward O., "Religion and the Politics of Sexuality" (2001). Hamilton Digital Commons.
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