Hierarchy and Pluralism

Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland

  • Authors
  • Agnieszka Pasieka

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction: Seven Ways to God

    1. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 1-31
  3. Mapping Religious Pluralism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 35-58
    3. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 59-91
  4. Pluralizing the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 119-144
  5. Acting Upon Locality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 177-209
  6. Conclusions: Challenging Hierarchical Pluralism

    1. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 211-218
  7. Epilogue

    1. Agnieszka Pasieka
      Pages 219-220
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 221-261

About this book


What is the place of pluralism in the context of a dominant religion? How does the perception of religion as “tradition” and “culture” affect pluralism? Why do minorities’ demands for recognition often transform into exclusion? Through her ethnography of a multireligious community in rural Poland, Agnieszka Pasieka demonstrates how we can better understand the nature of pluralism by examining how it is lived and experienced within a homogenous society. Painting a vivid picture of everyday interreligious sociability, Pasieka reveals the constant balance of rural inhabitants between ideas of sameness and difference, and the manifold ways in which religion informs local cooperation, relations among neighbors and friends, and common attempts to “make pluralism.” The book traces these developments through several decades of the community’s history, unveiling and exposing the paradoxes inscribed into the practice and discourse of pluralism and complex processes of negotiation of social identities.


religious pluralism hierarchy lived religion minorities Poland Catholicism church-state relations community Ethnographic Study pluralism religion socialism

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