Assessing Actions and Outcomes in Contemporary Central-Eastern Europe
Edited By Jacek Kurczewski
The Reconciliation Through A Marriage: A Comparative Study of Marital Selection in Two Polish Bi-denominational Communities
This chapter describes the reconciliation processes in bi-denominational communities as reflected in the marital selection patterns and patterns of marital life led by religiously mixed couples in a comparative perspective. History of the formation of the described bi-denominational identities in both global and local dimensions serves as a framework for the interpeting of processes of family life. This, together with the history of institutional and folk – or ‘practical’ – ecumenism in Poland forms a background to the research. Both the historical processes of rupture and ecumenical-comparative tendencies are reflected in the aspects of family life analyzed in the second part.
The qualitative study of reconciliation in two local bi-denominational communities in Poland were made between 2004 and 2011: in a town of Stryków in central Poland, which has two parishes – Roman Catholic and an Old Catholic Mariavite Church, and in the village of Goleszów in the region of Cieszyn Silesia, which has two parishes as well: a Roman Catholic one and an Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession one or, shortly, Lutheran. In both sites, my investigation was part of a broader empirical research conducted by the Chair of Sociology and Anthropology of Customs and Law (Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw) with the significant help of students, thanks to whom we were able to carry out also quantitative studies (2007 in Stryków, 2008 in Goleszów)1. This is of particular significance, as the determination of the general patterns of marriage selection and...
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