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Positions And Pathways Of Families Within The Religious Field Of East Germany: Three Catholic Case Studies

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This chapter illustrates how Bourdieus theory can be employed to explain the effects of religious conflicts at the subjective level. It demonstrates how these conflicts were reproduced and transformed through subjective appropriation and how resilient subjectivities reconfigured the pre-manufactured understandings offered by the state and the church. It focuses on three family histories to highlight typical familial pathways in the context of their position within the religious field and their stances towards conflicts between the church and the state in the GDR. At the end of World War II, these families were all embedded into the tightly integrated Catholic milieu with its distinctly anti-socialist atmosphere; and all of them adhered strongly to Catholic norms and values. The chapter concentrates on the oldest generation (born in the late 1920s) and their children (born in the early 1950s) without taking the young generation (born in the 1970s) much into account.

Keywords: Bourdieus theory; Catholic; church; east Germany; German Democratic Republic (GDR); religious conflicts; religious field



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