1st Edition

Multireligious Society Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice

Edited By Francisco Colom Gonzalez, Gianni D'Amato Copyright 2017
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the theory of secularization increasingly contested as a plausible development at a global scale, this book focuses on the changing significance of the religious element within a context of complex diversity. This concept reflects the rationale behind the deep transformations that have taken place in the dynamics of social change, giving way to a recombination of social, political and cultural cleavages that overlap and compete for legitimacy at a national and supranational level. Far from disappearing with modernization, new forms of religious diversity have emerged that continue to demand specific policies from the state, putting pressure on the established practices of religious governance while creating a series of normative dilemmas. European societies have been a testing ground for many of these changes, but for decades Canada has been viewed as a pioneering country in the management of diversity, thus offering some interesting similarities and contrasts with the former. Accordingly, the book deals with the diverging routes that political secularization has followed in Europe and Canada, the patterns of religious governance that can be recognized in each region, and the practices for accommodating the demands of religious minorities concerning their legal regulation, the management of public institutions, and the provision of social services.

    Introduction: Francisco Colom González and Gianni D’Amato

    Part 1. Reframing the Narratives of Secularism:

    1.Valeriano Esteban Sánchez: Secularization and Beyond

    2. Mathias Thaler: Norms, Stories, and Ideologies: What We Talk About When We Talk About Political Secularism


    Part 2. The Governance of Religion: General Perspectives and Case Studies

    3. Kevin J. Christiano: European Principles and Canadian Practices: Developing Secular Contexts for Religious Diversity

    4. Daphne Halikioupoulou & Sofia Vasilopoulou: Political Instability and the Persistence of Religion in Greece. The Policy Implications of the Cultural Defence Paradigm

    5. Francisco Colom González: Political Catholicism and the Secular State: A Spanish Predicament

    6. Marcel Maussen: Religious Governance in the Netherlands: Associative Freedoms and Non-discrimination after ‘Pillarization’. The Example of Faith-based Schools

    7. Valérie Amiraux & David Koussens: From Law to Narratives: Unveiling Contemporary French Secularism


    Part 3. A Changing Institutional Framework

    8. Avigail Eisenberg: Choice or Identity? Dilemmas of Protecting Religious Freedom in Canada

    9. Veit Bader: Dilemmas of Institutionalisation and Political Participation of Organised Religions in Europe. Associational Governance as a Promising Alternative


    Part 4. Accommodation Practices

    10. Denise Helly: Islamophobia in Canada? Women’s Rights, Modernity,


    11. Bertram Turner: Translocal, Faith-based Dispute Management: Moroccan-Canadian Struggles with Normative Plurality

    12. Francisco Díez de Velasco: Multi-belief/Multi-faith Spaces: Theoretical Proposals for a Neutral and Operational Design


    Francisco Colom González is Research Professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. His work deals with the normative relations between culture, political identity and social change. His most recent publications is The Traditions of Liberty in the Atlantic World, edited with A. Rivero (2016).

    Gianni D'Amato is Professor at the University of Neuchâtel and Director of the Swiss Forum of Migration and Population Studies. His research interests are focused on citizenship, mobilities, populism and the history of migration. His most recent publication is The Politicization of Migration, edited with W. van den Brug, D. Ruedin and J. Berkhout (2015)