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“I Have Apostatized”: Self-Narratives of Catholic Apostasy as Resources for Collective Mobilization in Argentina

CONICET—Instituto de Investigaciones Psicológicas (IIPsi), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Bv. De la Reforma esq. Enfermera Gordillo s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Córdoba X5000, Argentina
Academic Editor: Julia Martínez-Ariño
Religions 2022, 13(2), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020181
Received: 18 January 2022 / Revised: 10 February 2022 / Accepted: 15 February 2022 / Published: 18 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Apostasy and Other Forms of Leaving Religion)
Since 2009, the Collective Apostasy Campaign in Argentina has mobilized some people who are opposed to the political interference of the Catholic Church through the formal act of apostatizing. The politicization of sexual and reproductive rights, and, especially, the fight for the legalization of abortion, led to the campaign that acquired great public repercussions between 2018 and 2020. This paper analyzes 13 self-narratives of apostasy publicly available since 2009, digging into its plot, motives to apostatize, and motivation for its publicizing. Through a thematic analysis, the diverse self-narratives show similar motivations (to promote social debate on political secularization in the country), although they differ in the centrality of their personal, sociopolitical, and procedural motives to apostatize. The stories that apostates tell are resources for social mobilization as they seek an increasingly broad audience and serve the pedagogical function of sharing arguments against the political role of the Catholic Church and in favor of personal ideological coherence. View Full-Text
Keywords: apostasy; collective action; atheist movement; feminist movement; sexual rights politics; self-narratives; Argentina apostasy; collective action; atheist movement; feminist movement; sexual rights politics; self-narratives; Argentina
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Rabbia, H.H. “I Have Apostatized”: Self-Narratives of Catholic Apostasy as Resources for Collective Mobilization in Argentina. Religions 2022, 13, 181. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020181

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Rabbia HH. “I Have Apostatized”: Self-Narratives of Catholic Apostasy as Resources for Collective Mobilization in Argentina. Religions. 2022; 13(2):181. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020181

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Rabbia, Hugo H. 2022. "“I Have Apostatized”: Self-Narratives of Catholic Apostasy as Resources for Collective Mobilization in Argentina" Religions 13, no. 2: 181. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020181

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