The role of religious community in guiding spoilt identity

Podlesnaya M.A.

Russian Orthodox St.-Tikhon’s humani-tarian university, Moscow, Russia

Melnikova V.V.

Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Podlesnaya M.A., Melnikova V.V. The role of religious community in guiding spoilt identity. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 10. P. 145-151


In the article a case of empirical research in Orthodox parish is presented. This parish is working with adult disabled people aged 20 to 30. Vital strategy of adult disabled people, their opportunities, and relation to disabled people and disability (to an illness problem in general) of the society and its church part are described on bases of data obtained by in-depth interviews with teachers of the religious community, engaged with disabled people, and also on data of the focus groups with disabled people.

“spoiled identity”; stigma; religious community; illness and health discourse; life world of disabled person; life strategy ofdisabled person
Content No 10, 2015