Institutional Parochialism Defined:
Stephen Poulson and Colin Campbell (2010, p. 33) characterized institutional parochialism as a form of normative isomorphism (DiMaggio & Powell, 1983) that compels academic communities to study their own societies. Basically, a parochial impulse at the individual level – the normative desire to study people who are similar culturally – can make scholarship in the social sciences West-centric.
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Cory Caswell and Latasha Grey). 2014. “Isomorphism, Institutional Parochialism, and the Study of Social Movements” 13(2): 222-242.
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Colin Campbell) 2010. Am. Sociologist – Institutional Parochialism The American Sociologist, 41(1):31-47.
Poulson, Stephen C. 2011. “Institutional Parochialism in Social Science: Response to Cornwall,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50(2):227–228.
Immanent Frame Blog Post on Parochialism and the Sociology of Religion
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