Historical determinants of the development of Pole-Catholic identity

Monika Mazurek , Jakub Potulski


Dividing social reality into „our in-group‟ and „strangers‟ is one of the fundamental dimensions of human existence. In human communities, the methods and criteria for distinguishing our own kind from others are of a cultural nature. They form a complex of historically shaped social and cultural features that define the specificity of a given group and set symbolic boundaries between it and strangers. A group looks for what is typical, similar and analogical or different and specific, distinguishing it from other communities. Due to the complexity of cultural phenomena and the fact that man belongs to many different groups, there are many ways of self-representation and self- categorisation of man. The elements that will be considered constitutive for a given group are the result of a combination of historical events (traditions) and contingent elements. The formation of group identity signs is therefore often the result of accidental events. The aim of the article is to analyse the formation of one of the most important components of Polish national identity, which is the identification of belonging to the national community with practising Catholic religion.
Author Monika Mazurek (FSS/IPSJ/DSA)
Monika Mazurek,,
- Division of Social Anthropology
, Jakub Potulski (FSS/IPS/DIRSS)
Jakub Potulski,,
- Division of International Relations and Strategic Studies
Journal seriesEuropean Journal of Science and Theology, ISSN 1841-0464, e-ISSN 1842-8517, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.60
Keywords in Polishnarodowość, tożsamość, Polak, katolik, religia
Keywords in Englishnational, identity, Poland, Catholic, religion
ASJC Classification1000 Multidisciplinary; 1207 History and Philosophy of Science; 1212 Religious studies; 2200 General Engineering
Languageen angielski
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