Brian Starks

Brian Starks
Kennesaw State University | KSU · Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

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This chapter is a dialogue with and reflection by John A. Coleman, S.J., a trained, well-published sociologist and Jesuit pastor in Northern California. In describing and exploring his own experience as a sociologist and pastor, he models the kind of inquiry raised by previous chapters, applying them in a practical way to a single parish to which t...
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This chapter highlights the importance of revitalizing parish studies. Parishes occupy the embedded middle of American Catholicism. Parishes mediate between Catholicism as an aggregate of individuals and Catholicism as a global, hierarchical institution. Employing an embedded field approach , this chapter (and book) illuminates the meso level in so...
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Parishes are the missing middle in studies of American Catholicism. Between individual Catholics and a global institution, the thousands of local parishes are where Catholicism gets remade. American Parishes showcases what social forces shape parishes, what parishes do, how they do it, and what this says about the future of Catholicism in the Unite...
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Catholic parishes in the United States have included Hispanics for centuries, but large numbers of multi-racial parishes engaged in Hispanic ministry have emerged in the past few decades. Research on non-Catholic congregations suggests positives and negatives for members in multi-racial settings, but sources of multi-racial Catholic parish formatio...
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Despite the inclusion of Catholic self-identification measures in several national surveys, research has failed to describe these identity labels in depth. Analyzing 50 in-depth interviews with Catholics in three Midwestern cities, I explore what it means to self-identify as a traditional, moderate, or liberal Catholic. These identities are a means...
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Analyzing a unique module of the General Social Survey, we test hypotheses that three religion dimensions — affiliation with specific religious traditions (belonging), service attendance (behaving), and religious orthodoxy (believing) are associated with compassionate feelings, and that these feelings carry over into support for government efforts...
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Journal writing is pedagogically appropriate for increasing reflexivity and conscious awareness of one's environment. The journal assignment discussed in this article promotes recognition of the impact of race, gender, and social class on students' everyday lives. In pre-and posttest surveys of students engaged in this assignment, students report s...
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While research on religion and drug use has proliferated in recent years, only a few researchers have explicitly examined the nexus of race, religion, and illicit drug use. Utilizing an ethnically diverse sample of young adults in South Florida (N=1772), we find that Whites are more likely to use illicit drugs than African Americans, non-Cuban Hisp...
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Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, Sociology, 2005 While conflicts between Protestants, Catholics, and Jews once dominated the religious, social and political landscape, it has been argued that these have been supplanted by divisions between the religious right and left. My dissertation examines self-identified traditional, moderate and liberal Cat...
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We explore two competing approaches to internal religious divisions and their political consequences. The “moral cosmology” approach focuses on religious worldviews. It juxtaposes the religiously orthodox to modernists, arguing that the former are theologically communitarian in belief while the latter are individualistic. The religiously orthodox w...
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Through qualitative analyses of 50 in-depth interviews with Catholics in three Midwestern cities, I investigate the role of religious movement organizations in the formation of Catholic identities. I find that movement organizations and elites tend to have little direct impact on the formation of Catholic parishioners’ identities in my sample. Whil...
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We hypothesize that the religiously orthodox, who are theologically communitarian/authoritarian in seeing individuals as subsumed by a larger community of believers and as subject to timeless divine law, are more likely to value obedience in children over autonomy than are theological modernists, who are theologically individualistic in seeing indi...
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Sociologists have documented a convergence of Protestants and Catholics in their valuation of autonomy and obedience as desirable traits for children from 1958 through 1991. By the 1980s, Alwin (1986) found that variation in such values within Protestants and Catholics was greater than that between them. Analyzing the GSS from 1986 to 2002, we test...
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Recent decades have seen major changes in economic conditions in the United States, including large-scale layoffs and downsizing, erosion of job quality for some workers, and increased reliance on nonstandard workers. Researchers have investigated the objective contours of this new economy, but few have investigated the consequences of these change...
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This study compared the impact of the educational aspirations of parents, teachers, close relatives, and peers on students' educational expectations across various racial groups. Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study, the authors found that both the levels of significant others' aspirations and the effects of these aspirations v...

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