Merhaba Misafir

Disciplining intimacy: The role of the catholic church in everyday and intimate lives of young adult latinos


Investigating the impact of Catholicism on intimate relationships among young adult Latinos, this work examines whether the role of religion has changed for this particular group. Marriage preparation classes provide a window for understanding the disciplinary power of the Church and how individuals respond to this power. Individuals’ response to these programs is an indicator of their perception of the legitimacy of the Church in dictating ways of life. This research shows that the authority of the Catholic Church is in decline, particularly when disciplining of intimate lives is concerned. Selective rejection of certain teachings of Catholicism is a diffused act of micro-level resistance to the established order. Believers use their own lived experiences and practical knowledge of Catholicism to interpret the teachings of the Church. They construct a religious identity influenced by individualism, where ‘being a good Catholic” is determined according to own and –sometimes unique- terms of each individual. This re/de-construction of religious identity is most significant in matters of sexuality.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Aurum Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
  • Yıl : 2018
  • Cilt : 3
  • ISSN : 2458-9896
  • Sayı : 2
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 43-62
  • IO Kayıt No : 89291
  • Yayıncı : Altınbaş Üniversitesi