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Multireligious Society

Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice

Edited by Francisco Colom Gonzalez, Gianni D'Amato

© 2017 – Ashgate

300 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Francisco Colom González and Gianni D’Amato

Part I- Reframing the Narratives of Secularism

1.Secularization and Beyond

Valeriano Esteban Sánchez

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

Mathias Thaler

Part II- The Governance of Religion: General Perspectives and Case Studies

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

Kevin J. Christiano

4. Political Instability and the Persistence of Religion in Greece. The Policy Implications of the Cultural Defence Paradigm

Daphne Halikioupoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou

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

Francisco Colom González

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

Marcel Maussen

7. From Law to Narratives: Unveiling Contemporary French Secularism

Valérie Amiraux and David Koussens

Part III- A Changing Institutional Framework

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

Avigail Eisenberg

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

Veit Bader

Part IV- Accommodation Practices

10. Islamophobia in Canada? Women’s Rights, Modernity,Secularism

Denise Helly

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

Bertram Turner

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

Francisco Díez de Velasco

13. The Accommodation of Religious Diversity in Prisons and Hospitals in Spain

Mar Griera & Julia Martínez-Ariño

14. The Legal Self-regulation of Religious Groups: Tackling the Normative and Practical Challenges of Legal Pluralism

Francisco Colom González

About the Editors

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)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL116000
RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict