Religious Life in Village Community Communication. (Partial Results of Research)  Cover Image

Náboženský život v komunikácii obyvateľov obce. (Čiastočné výskumné závery)
Religious Life in Village Community Communication. (Partial Results of Research)

Author(s): Katarína Nádaská
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Ústav etnológie a sociálnej antropológie Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: religious communication; religious identity; public opinion; leader; religious institutionalism; folk religiosity;

Summary/Abstract: One of the organizing principles of the local community is to follow the rule „do the same as your neighbor is doing“. Everyone is member of as small- as large-scale groups and he or she also belongs to different own and foreign groups (family, occupational group, community, nation…). Social communication is characterized by its referential systems – networks that enable interactions, control, norms sharing and moral values of each individual. The networks operate as communication canals between individual and different groups. The set of statements and attitudes of community related to crucial societal event is described as public opinion which John Lock understands not as a sum of individual but rather as „dominant” attitudes. Within the local community to be under examination it was possible to see the public opinion management otherwise controlled by so-called public opinion leaders. Although the community has declared the homogeneity from religious point of view on the one hand, the heterogeneity was from gender and social perspective on the other hand in the village. Despite of this heterogeneity it is possible to say that community members share modal values, i.e., dominant signs of respective culture or society. The village is located/ neighboring nearby capital city and one small town but there still some aspects of traditionalism, suicentrism, folk religion and rituality are keeping alive. On the other hand the „real and living“ folklore is appearing to be vanished while urbanization assists to changing face of rural country, traditional conservativism and patriarchal mentality.

  • Issue Year: 56/2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 157 - 167
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Slovak