"Just Reproduce After What I Taught You": Spatial Segregation of Religious Youth Socialization and the Reproduction of Social Inequality

Master's Thesis


Researchers consistently find that educational and familial settings unintentionally reproduce socioeconomic status via distinct socialization patterns in their community contexts. Yet there are surprisingly few studies examining this pattern as related to religious settings. This study extends the social reproduction literature by examining intended socialization of religious-based youth programs across socioeconomic status differences of the areas in which religious congregations are located. Data analyzed are from the Northern Indiana Congregation Study, a high response-rate phone survey with all religious congregations located within three contiguous cities, combined with Census data for the postal code of the congregation location, and in-person interviews with stratified-quota sampled religious youth leaders. This analysis provides evidence for a spatially stratified pattern to religious youth socialization. Findings reveal how deeply socioeconomic reproduction permeates social life, including even the youth socialization practices of religious congregations, and indicates that low-income youth may be particularly disadvantaged in the available religious socialization.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-01062009-125050

Author Patricia Snell
Advisor Christian Smith
Contributor Christian Smith, Committee Chair
Contributor Omar Lizardo, Committee Member
Contributor Mary Ellen Konieczny, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Sociology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2008-12-03

Submission Date 2009-01-06
  • United States of America

  • religion

  • social inequality

  • youth ministry

  • spatial segregation

  • youth

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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