A focus on getting along: respect, caring and diversity


  • Lori G. Beaman


Joseph T. O’Connell, religious diversity, deep equality, religious identity, religious studies, sociology of religion, positive narratives, negotiation of di erence, lived religion, the arts


Drawing inspiration om Joseph T. O’Connell’s work on socio‐cultural integration, this pa‐ per connects the notion of ‘deep equality’ with two broad lessons that can be taken om O’Connell’s approach that pertain to the study of religious diversity in contemporary life. The rst is the recognition of the amorphous nature of religious identity, and the second is the necessity to search for models of socio‐cultural integration in the face of di erence. These lessons are valuable in providing an alternative discourse of diversity that moves away om problematisation to collaboration.