Institutional Parochialism Articles

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.

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