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The Spirit's Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics

Mary Ellen Konieczny


Cultural conflicts about the family, such as so-called ‘culture wars’ debates concerning abortion and same-sex marriage, have intensified over the last few decades among US Catholics, and among American citizens generally. These conflicts comprise much of the substance of the moral polarization that currently characterizes our public politics. Scholars have demonstrated the importance of the media in their endurance, along with the important role played by religious elites. But less is known about how individuals in local religious experience and participate in them. Why are these conflicts so ... More

Keywords: Religion and Family, US Catholicism, Moral Polarization, Catholic Parishes, Culture Wars

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199965779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199965779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Ellen Konieczny, author
University of Notre Dame

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