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ERIC Number: ED134663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 29
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The Religion of the Poor: Escape or Creative Force?
Lefever, Harry G.
This study presents an alternative explanation of low-income religious behavior other than as a compensation for the conditions of lower-class life, or as an escape from those conditions. The argument is made that the religion of the poor contributes in significant and positive ways to the processes of identity formation and to the development and maintenance of cultural values and norms. The immediate social environment of the religious service provides a context in which identities are dynamically and dramatically conferred, developed and reinforced. With regard to the larger social environment, the religion of the poor offers a challenge to the hierarchical structure of the general status system and offers an understanding of tragedy and suffering that is frequently lacking in the sensibilities of the religious nonpoor. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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