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The Transformation of Religious Orders in Central and Eastern Europe
Sociological Insights

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ISBN 9780367355548
April 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The first volume to explore various facets of contemporary change in consecrated religious life in selected central and eastern European countries, this book presents a series of studies of Catholic and Orthodox monasticism.

With attention to changes in the economy, everyday life, organisation, and social presence of monastic orders, contributors shed light on the impact of 20th and 21st century social and cultural processes - such as communism and its collapse, or the growth of new communication technologies - on life in the cloister.

Bringing together research from various locations in central and eastern Europe, it will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, religious studies and theology, with interests in religious orders and transformations of religious life from a social perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Marcin Jewdokimow, Isabelle Jonveaux, Stefania Palmisano

2. Changes in religious life since the 1970s in quantitative terms – situation in the CEE countries in the context of global transformations

Marcin Jewdokimow

3. Clericalisation and search for identity in Roman Catholic religious institutions

Wojciech Sadlon and Isabelle Jonveaux

4. Female religious congregations in Poland in the face of changes from Communism to the transformation period (1945–2000)

Agata Mirek

5. The economy of Polish monasteries: between the charismatic and routinisation stage

Isabelle Jonveaux

6. The reinvention of tradition: the moral economy of monastic life in the Czech Republic

Barbora Spalová, Marek Liška and Tereza Picková

7. New Monastic Communities in Poland

Stefania Palmisano

8. The presence of religious orders in Hungarian society

Edit Márta Révay

9. Orthodox monasteries as pilgrimage sites in contemporary Russia

Kseniya Medvedeva

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Stefania Palmisano is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, Italy and co-editor of Monasticism in Modern Times.

Isabelle Jonveaux is Lecturer of Religious Studies at the Universities of Graz and Linz, Austria and co-editor of Monasticism in Modern Times.

Marcin Jewdokimow is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and acting Head of the Department of 20th and 21st Century Culture in the Institute of Classical and Cultural Studies at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland. He is the co-editor of A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders: Zooming in on Monasteries.