Date of Award
Master of Arts
Existing research on Atheists is sparse in social sciences and focused primarily on survey data regarding attitudes towards Atheists and the types of discrimination they suffer. The lived experiences of Atheists have been ignored almost entirely. Drawing on Autoethnographic materials and 12 life-history interviews, this project documented the ways that individuals who self-identify as Atheist understood the stigmas attributed to them and their responses to it. Some of the behaviors were framed as “techniques of information control” such as “compartmentalizing” and “passing.” Others were framed as “Identity Politics” which they claimed to engage in to resist, minimize, or eliminate stigma completely. The concept of resistance was described at the level of identity, behavior, and as a form of collective activism. Techniques of information control and identity politics, strategies engaged in to resist and/or negotiate stigma, may simultaneously serve to impede efforts towards effective political activism on behalf of Atheists.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Loren, Degan Michelle, "We Dont Eat Babies: Atheists Individual And Collective Resistance To Stigma" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1556.