Journal Article

Religion and Social Attitudes: Examining the Contours of Religion in Moral Judgments Toward Premarital Sex and Cohabitation in Contemporary Brazil

Curtis P. Ogland and Pedro Hinojosa

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 73, issue 4, pages 411-428
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/srs027
Religion and Social Attitudes: Examining the Contours of Religion in Moral Judgments Toward Premarital Sex and Cohabitation in Contemporary Brazil

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The last 50 years have witnessed transformative changes in the pathways to union formation as cohabitating with an unmarried partner and having sexual relations prior to marriage have become increasingly normative in most Western societies. Picking up on these themes, this study broadens existing research by examining the crossroads between religion and moral judgments on the permissibility of cohabitation and premarital sex in the context of contemporary Brazilian society. Findings rendered from our analyses indicate that Brazilian Protestants are more disposed to assume a restrictive moral posture toward such behaviors, with similar findings for Brazilians who embrace a theologically conservative view of the Bible. Results corroborate previous research findings on similar social issues in the United States while at the same time broadening scholarly understanding of how religion may influence moral judgments on relationship practices in a novel social setting.

Keywords: Brazil; Evangelical Protestantism; family; Latin America; morality; sexual behavior

Journal Article.  6275 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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