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The Role of Religion in Public Conflicts over the Arts in the Philadelphia Area, 1965-1997

Paul DiMaggio, Wendy Cadge, Lynn Robinson and Brian Steensland
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Paul DiMaggio: Princeton University
Wendy Cadge: Princeton University
Lynn Robinson: Princeton University
Brian Steensland: Princeton University

No 160, Working Papers from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Abstract: How would we characterize the relationship between religion and the arts in the Philadelphia area between 1965 and 1997? The late 1980s and early 1990s in Philadelphia followed a decade that was unusually free of contention between religion and the arts. In comparison to the 1970s and early 1980s, religious participation in cultural conflict was not particularly high during the "culture-war" era. However, religious discourse as opposed to participation did play a role in more controversies during the late 1980s and 1990s. The findings also suggest that after 1986 religious actors and their allies were far more likely to employ the tools of social-movement mobilization and to connect their own claims to national social movements or campaigns.

Keywords: Philadelphia; Pennsylvania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z11 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000-07
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