Religion and ethnocentrism

At Ron Guhname’s Inductivist blog, he looks at whether religious people value their ethnicity more than the non-religious or secular. He includes various ethnic groups in examining the question.

People were asked how important their ethnicity was to them, with (1) being ” unimportant” to (4)”very important.”

Of the non-European ethnicities who were asked, the group with the highest ethnocentrism was American Indians, at 3.50.That’s what I would expect.

The lowest ethnocentrism score in that group being the Jewish people. That one is puzzling, in my opinion.

In the European grouping, the highest score was the Scots, though their score was lower than the non-Europeans’. Not surprising, given how ethnocentrism is falsely labeled ”racism” and criminalized in some places. It will be hard to find many European-descended people who will openly express that they value their ethnicity highly.

The apparent role played by religion in making people more (or less?) ethnocentric isn’t clear. Ron Guhname says that the more religious people have higher scores on the ethnocentrism scale.

Institute for Family Studies poll

The above poll from a few years ago, which is an American study,  supports Ron Guhname’s conclusion that religiosity does affect ethnic identity postitively.

So where are the English in the Inductivist poll ? Where do you think? Second from the bottom.

For whatever reason, the English and Welsh were lumped together. It may be that if the two groups were rated separately, the English score would be lower. I think (correct me, someone, if I’m wrong) that the Welsh are more ethnocentric than the English.

Is it possible to restore a healthy ethnocentrism and ethno-loyalty? I suppose only time will tell on that question.

One thought on “Religion and ethnocentrism

  1. Wanted to add a further thought, and it has some relation to what I commented in your ‘Fraser’ post above. Noted– whites, especially English, have low social cohesion or solidarity. A way to revive it is creating local mutual aid networks (say, restoring our lost social-tech, e.g. fraternal orders and church societies). The other (and this is where religion correlates to ethnicity, having a definite bearing) are Anglos pursuit of larger families. Mormons have a 4 children per household rule or advice. Protestants need to return to a moral culture that valorizes big families (rather than individualist wackiness). For the most part, religion has been useful in this end– not only, even today by and large, discriminating against birth control (and abortion) but also stability in marriage. To compliment a return to older family ethic, and this is where conservative churches usually fall short, there needs to be support for young couples who labor toward large families. By this I mean a certain safety net for married couples within the church and / or fraternal society as their families grow and expenses (both time and money) are taxed. It’s really a dual prong approach to home building– educational (or catechetical) as well as material. Mormons seem to do this with their women relief societies as well as helping men find jobs in case of unemployment, preferring one another in business, and circulating clothes/ toys, food, etc. between homes. This just scratches the surface, but a lot of times, especially in tight economic situations, married people need the added assurance that ‘everything will be ok’ if they respond to wisdom, enjoying many children. Anyway, I think we can boil down the solution to our problems with two answers: 1) build local mutual aid societies; 2) exhort large families. Most altright would agree with me on these points. The real problem is the church and fraternal order were the traditional institutions for such (they also often overlapped), and millennials today are probably less interested in traditional institutions (even their orthodox past which is lost to them) than any previous generation. Older men need to find ways to bestow such, and it’s uphill with the technological hypnosis about us.

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