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  • Children Speak: Catholic Second Graders' Agency and Experiences in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
    Beste, Jennifer (2011)
    Sociology of Religion 72:3: 327-350.

    Based on interviews with 73 Catholic second graders.

    Associated Search Terms: Experience; Children; Penance; Students, primary; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • The Sect-Church Dynamic and Christian Expansion in the Roman Empire: Persecution, Penitential Discipline, and Schism in Sociological Perspective.
    Bryant, Joseph M. (1993)
    British Journal of Sociology 44:2: 303-332.

    Interprets the rise of Christianity & emergence of schisms by means of the church/sect typology.

    Associated Search Terms: Early Christian; Schism; Typology; Penance
  • Geneaologies of Religion. Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam.
    Asad, Talal (1993)
    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Argues against a transhistorical definition of religion. Describes origins of anthropologists' concepts of religion, ritual, inquisitorial torture, & penance. Sees obedience as crucial in medieval Christian monasticism. Culture is analogous to referents, not text. Discusses public criticism in Islamic Saudi Arabia.

    Associated Search Terms: Definition of religion; Torture; Geertz, Clifford; Saudi Arabia; Ritual; Penance; Obedience; Monasticism; Methodology; Law; Islam, Saudi Arabia; Foucault, Michel; Catholic, medieval; Historical
  • The Penitentes: A Folk Observance.
    Watters, Mary (1927)
    Social Forces 6:2: 253-256.

    Describes public penances & passion plays in New Mexico, representing a syncretism of Catholic & Native American traditions.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Popular religion; Syncretism; Penance; Penitentes; United States, New Mexico; Native Americans; Mexican Americans
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