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Complicating marginalisation: the case of Mormon and nonreligious college students in a predominantly Mormon context

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There is now compelling evidence that both nonreligious individuals and members of minority religions report feeling marginalised in the United States. However, to date, no one has explored whether a shift from minority status to majority status influences perceptions of marginalisation. In this paper, we explore whether Mormons, members of a minority religion in the USA who perceive marginalisation nationally, contribute to the marginalisation of other minority religious/nonreligious groups when they are the numerical majority. Using data from a survey fielded at a predominantly Mormon university in a predominantly Mormon community in the American West, our data suggest that nonreligious students in a predominantly Mormon context report significantly higher levels of perceived marginalisation. Our findings illustrate that minority status is an important determinant of perceived marginalisation and that numerical minority or majority status should be taken into consideration when examining perceptions of marginalisation.
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Keywords: Mormon; minority; nonreligion; prejudice

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, USA 2: The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, USA

Publication date: July 3, 2018

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