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Fundamentalism as a Class Culture

Thaddeus Coreno

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 63, issue 3, pages 335-360
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712473
Fundamentalism as a Class Culture

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A large body of research has shown that both class and culture impact denominational affiliation. Many empirical and theoretical investigations of the schism between white Protestant mainliners and fundamentalists find that social structural inequality (class/status) and/or certain cultural environments generate the social conditions that are associated with a particular type of religious identity. However, there seems tobe little consensus concerning which set of factors is more powerful or how they might interact. This study uses the General Social Survey to explore the class anchors and cultural environments that impact affiliation. A rarely considered hypothesis is explored, namely, that fundamentalists share not only a subculture, but are also part of a distinct class culture. The data support die class culture hypothesis.

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