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The Influence of the Religious Factor on Civil and Sacred Tolerance, 1958-71

Steven R. Steiber
Social Forces
Vol. 58, No. 3 (Mar., 1980), pp. 811-832
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2577186
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2577186
Page Count: 22
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The Influence of the Religious Factor on Civil and Sacred Tolerance, 1958-71
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Abstract

The 1960s brought with them many changes in both the religious and the non-religious spheres of American society. Detroit area data from 1958 and 1971 reveal that between these years religious tolerance moves closer to pre-existing levels of civil tolerance, and black attitudes converge with white attitudes in both spheres. On religious matters, women are less tolerant than men in both the civil and the sacred across religious categories, but the difference is greater in 1958 than in 1971. Church activity exhibits mixed effects across categories of religious preference, and personal piety has a uniformly negative impact on tolerance. Limited support is also found for Wuthnow's "new generations" explanation for the attitude changes analyzed.

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