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    Catholic Sociology in Ireland in Comparative Perspective

    Conway, Brian (2011) Catholic Sociology in Ireland in Comparative Perspective. American Sociologist, 42 (1). pp. 34-55. ISSN 0003-1232

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    This paper examines the relationship between the Catholic Church and Irish sociology within a comparative framework. Drawing on archival and documentary research, this linkage is investigated at an institutional and intellectual level, across three stages of the “career” of Irish Catholic sociology, and employing comparisons with Catholic sociology in France, Germany, and the United States. I discern important sources of variation between the four cases including major intellectuals, organisational hosts, and publishing outlets. Irish Catholic sociology’s quite sudden movement in the direction of secular sociology in the 1950s is explained as a result of normative pressure to jettison its value-driven orientation as a result of more frequent interaction with the mainstream discipline via scholarly collaboration, the reforms of Vatican II emphasising engagement with the modern world, the demise of the broader Catholic Action movement of which it was a part, and changes in the national higher education environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Irish Catholicism; sociology; comparative; Catholic Action;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 8985
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    Depositing User: Brian Conway
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 15:26
    Journal or Publication Title: American Sociologist
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    Use License: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA).Details of this licence are available here

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