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The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity

National Contexts, Global Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Dawson


208 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity engages with one of the most characteristic features of modern society. An increasingly prominent and potentially contentious phenomenon, religious diversity is intimately associated with contemporary issues such as migration, human rights, social cohesion, socio-cultural pluralisation, political jurisdiction, globalisation, and reactionary belief systems.

This edited collection of specially-commissioned chapters provides an unrivalled geographical coverage and multidisciplinary treatment of the socio-political processes and institutional practices provoked by, and associated with, religious diversity. Alongside chapters treating religious diversity in the ‘BRIC’ countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, are contributions which discuss Australia, Finland, Mexico, South Africa, the UK, and the United States.

This book provides an accessible, distinctive and timely treatment of a topic which is inextricably linked with modern society’s progressively diverse and global trajectory. Written and structured as an accessible volume for the student reader, this book is of immediate interest to both academics and laypersons working in mainstream and political sociology, sociology of religion, human geography, politics, area studies, migration studies and religious studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity: National Contexts, Global Issues by Andrew Dawson Part 1: The ‘BRIC’ Nations 1. Friends and Foes of the ‘Russian World’: The Post-Soviet State’s Management of Religious Diversity by Marat Shterin 2. The Challenges of Managing Religious Diversity in India: Between Hegemonic Domination and the Quest for Equality by Heewon Kim and Gurharpal Singh 3. Islam and the State in Brazil: Reflections on the Freedom of a Minority Religion by Cristina Maria de Castro 4. Religious Diversity and the State in China by Kim-kwong Chan and Graeme Lang Part 2: Governance 5. Governance and Religious Diversity in Australia: Multifaith Relations and Religious Instruction in the State of Victoria by Anna Halafoff 6. Managing Religious Diversity in Finland: From Church Law to Governance Networks by Tuomas Martikainen 7. Religious Diversity and the Shifting Sands of Political Prioritization: Reflections on the UK Context by Andrew Dawson Part 3: Globalizing Modernity 8. The Globalization of Religious Advocacy: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy by Allen D. Hertzke 9. Diversity, Death and Divinity in Mexico: A Political-Religious Economy of La Santa Muerte by Amalendu Misra 10. State Regulation or ‘Public Religion’? Religious Diversity in Post-apartheid South Africa by Marian Burchardt

About the Editor

Andrew Dawson is Professor of Modern Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. He researches the relations between modern society and religion. His recent publications include: (as author) Sociology of Religion (2011) and Santo Daime: A New World Religion (2013); (as editor) Summoning the Spirits (2011).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General