Religious Practices Making Moral Habitus

This presentation uses Prezi.  The focus is upon the study by Daniel Winchester and his later journal article entitled: Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus (2008).  In this study Winchester seeks to develop empiric, high level theory founded on theories of sociology of religion, and more specifically, theory seeking to explain how people experience religious conversion.  Winchester’s goals are two-fold.  First, to make connections with earlier theory about the concept of a “moral self” and extend these theories to explain how embodied practices are central to dialectic dual process in making a moral self (Asad, Mahmoud, Bourdieu).   Second, he wishes to understand how particular actors in specific social contexts may construct moral lives and selves.


Alexander, Kari. 2008.  An Introduction to Pierre Bourdieu.  Retrieved July 29, 2010 (
Winchester, Daniel. 2008.  “Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus.”  Social Forces 86(4).
Winchester, Daniel.  Department of Sociology, Graduate Page, University of Minnesota.
Smith Philip and Reley Alexander. 2009.  Cultural Theory An Introduction.  Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.


About Malcolm L. Rigsby

Malcolm L. Rigsby, Ph.D., J.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Human Services and Criminal Justice at Henderson State University, Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in sociology, at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. In 1979 he received his B.A.T. from Sam Houston State University, in History and Education with a minor in Sociology. He holds his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1989) and is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and Texas. He is active in the independent review of documentary film as well as a free lance reviewer for Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) hosted by the libraries at the University of Buffalo. He is active in research of prisoner identity and transformation toward pro-sociality and desistance from crime.
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