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    Religious Public Discourses and Institutional Structures A Cross-National Analysis of Catholicism in Chile, Ireland, and Nigeria


    Conway, Brian (2014) Religious Public Discourses and Institutional Structures A Cross-National Analysis of Catholicism in Chile, Ireland, and Nigeria. Sociological Perspectives, 57 (2). pp. 149-166. ISSN 0731-1214

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    Abstract

    This article examines the public claims-making and institutional arrangements of the Catholic Church through a comparative-historical study of the Catholic leadership conferences of Chile, Ireland, and Nigeria. Guided by theories from the sociology of religion and organizations, and drawing on historical and documentary sources including a content analysis of forty-two national-level pastoral letters, I document three empirical findings. First, the church appeals to national belonging more in missionary contexts than in traditionally Catholic settings. Second, Catholic religious leaders rely on secular and Catholic sources of legitimacy, but Catholic legitimations tend to predominate. Third, national hierarchies experience dissimilar resource opportunity structures in varying world geo-cultural regions. The theoretical contribution to the study of religious institutions and organizations in general is discussed in terms of taking account of specific local cultural conditions and structural contexts as well as globally resonant ideas and forms in understanding how religious power-holders respond to modernity at the national level.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the original article published at Conway, Brian; Religious Public Discourses and Institutional Structures: A Cross-National Analysis of Catholicism in Chile, Ireland, and Nigeria; Sociological Perspectives June 2014 57: 149-166. Published online before print March 25, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0731121414523400
    Keywords: Religion; Public Discourse; Institutional Structures; Cross-National; Analysis; Catholicism; Chile; Ireland; Nigeria;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 5692
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0731121414523400
    Depositing User: Brian Conway
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 09:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Perspectives
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: No
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