Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The crucifixion of marriage equality: Analyses of Protestant Christian subcultures
by Stokes, Ethan C., M.S., Mississippi State University, 2014, 148; 1555021
Abstract (Summary)

This project is a study of how various Protestant Christian subcultures construct their identity and perceptions of LGBT couples in the 21 st century United States sociopolitical context. Through an extensive content analysis of 105 sermon transcripts from www.sermoncentral.com, this project allows for a more accurate interpretation of Protestant Christian subgroups' (via individual perceptions of pastors through their sermon rhetoric) stances on the issues of gay rights in the modern United States. Additionally, I use 2012 GSS survey data as background findings to frame and illustrate the relevance of the results from the content analysis. The content analysis findings show that various pastors from the sample construct their views of gay men and lesbians by 1) alienating LGBT couples, 2) enhancing in-group Protestant identities, and 3) calling for political action to maintain group norms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schewe, Rebecca L.
Commitee: Kelly, Kimberly C., Peterson, Lindsey P., Rader, Nicole E.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theology, GLBT Studies, Social structure
Keywords: In-group, Out-group, Protestant Christians, Sermons
Publication Number: 1555021
ISBN: 9781303865893
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