Journal Article

Marginality as a Societal Position of Religion

Anthony J. Blasi

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 63, issue 3, pages 267-289
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Marginality as a Societal Position of Religion

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Inherent in religion is an ironic tension between a predisposition, developed in early life, to see ultimate reality as nurturing, and an adult shared doubt about the claims of this world. This feature of religion leads to its flourishing in marginality and stagnating in an established condition. This conceptualization of religion is applied to the contemporary world, which features such macro institutions as big business and big government and such micro institutions as the family, the local school, and religon. The paper endeavors to create a synthetic framework for the sociology of contemporary religion that creates a general depiction out of numerous kinds of inquiry conducted at present in the field.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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