Sociology and Anthropology
Religious identity is a two-sided phenomenon. Religious identities cannot be reduced to other forms of identity, but neither are they mere reflections of institutional affiliations and loyalties. Religious and social identities mutually influence one another, but in peculiar and unexpected ways. This article explores these issues through interview data from two projects with a set of radical Catholic social activists. These interviews show how identity in late-modernity is individualistic, eclectic, personal, fluid, and an on-going accomplishment. Religion is no longer a source of pre-fabricated identities, but is a cultural resource out of which individuals must forge a sense of who they are.
Temenos, Studies in Comparative Religion