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Religion Fought the Law and the Law Won: Religion as a Barrier to Social-Movement Participation

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In this paper, I focus on the potential of religion to undermine social movement participation. One important pathway through which religion is likely to hinder social movement participation is the cultivation of obedient attitudes toward authority, especially the government and its laws. Given this and the fact that social movement studies have identified these attitudes to curtail taking to the streets to protest, it is reasonable to expect that religion can function as a constraint for social movement activism. However, not all dimensions of religion should promote obedient attitudes toward authority. I expect three mechanisms in particular to have a strong effect on these attitudes and thus be a barrier to social movement participation: (1) Religion discourages criminal behavior. (2) Religion teaches obedience to authority. (3) Religion instills self-control and self-regulation. We draw on the broader literature on religion, deviance, and crime to develop a theoretical framework to explain how these three mechanisms shape obedient attitudes on authority.

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Farrell, Justin. and Beyerlein, Kraig. "Religion Fought the Law and the Law Won: Religion as a Barrier to Social-Movement Participation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA, Aug 14, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p410130_index.html>

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Farrell, J. P. and Beyerlein, K. , 2010-08-14 "Religion Fought the Law and the Law Won: Religion as a Barrier to Social-Movement Participation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p410130_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper, I focus on the potential of religion to undermine social movement participation. One important pathway through which religion is likely to hinder social movement participation is the cultivation of obedient attitudes toward authority, especially the government and its laws. Given this and the fact that social movement studies have identified these attitudes to curtail taking to the streets to protest, it is reasonable to expect that religion can function as a constraint for social movement activism. However, not all dimensions of religion should promote obedient attitudes toward authority. I expect three mechanisms in particular to have a strong effect on these attitudes and thus be a barrier to social movement participation: (1) Religion discourages criminal behavior. (2) Religion teaches obedience to authority. (3) Religion instills self-control and self-regulation. We draw on the broader literature on religion, deviance, and crime to develop a theoretical framework to explain how these three mechanisms shape obedient attitudes on authority.


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