The politics of religious prejudice and tolerance for cultural others

Evan Stewart, Penny Edgell, Jack Delehanty

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Abstract

While some research argues that religious pluralism in the United States dampens conflict by promoting tolerance, other work documents persistent prejudice toward religious out-groups. We address this ambiguity by identifying a distinct cultural style that structures Americans’ attitudes toward religious others: support for public religious expression (PRE). Using data from a recent nationally representative survey, we find a strong and consistent relationship between high support for PRE, negative attitudes toward religious out-groups, and generalized intolerance. Addressing the previously overlooked public aspects of religion and cultural membership in the United States has important implications for studies of civic inclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-39
Number of pages23
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Political culture
  • Prejudice
  • Religion
  • Tolerance

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