Journal Article

Deep Structure in Community Cultures: The Revival of Religious Orders in Roman Catholicism

Patricia Wittberg

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 58, issue 3, pages 239-259
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712215
Deep Structure in Community Cultures: The Revival of Religious Orders in Roman Catholicism

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Recent research in organizational culture has emphasized in-depth analyses of the underlying processes of cultural “sensemaking” and, especially, of the influence of an organization's larger sociocultural environment in these processes. The present study investigates the “deep structure” of the ideologies adopted by newly-founded Roman Catholic religious communities — groups which have self-consciously attempted to revive the long-standing tradition of religious virtuosity in that church. Despite their avowedly revivalistic goals, the groups' reconstructed cultures differ from that of their traditional models in subtle but important ways.

Recent research in organizational culture has emphasized in-depth analyses of the underlying processes of cultural “senemaking” and, especially, of the influence of an organization's larger socio-cultural environment in these processes. The present study investigates the “deep structure” of the ideologies adopted by newly-founded Roman Catholic religious communities — groups which have self-consciously attempted to revive the long-standing tradition of religious virtuosity in that church. Despite their avowedly revivalistic goals, the groups' reconstructed cultures differ from that of their traditional models in subtle but important ways.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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