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Religion and Civil Society in Europe

de Hart, Joep, Dekker, Paul, Halman, Loek (Eds.)

2013, XII, 312 p. 20 illus.

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  • Based on the European Values Survey (EVS) conducted from 1981-2009
  • Focuses on the diversity of Europe and how secularization has affected civic engagement
  • Contributors are leaders in the field of civil society and religious life

Religion is back again in Europe after never having been gone. It is manifest in the revival of religious institutions and traditions in former communist countries, in political controversies about the relationship between the church(es) and the state and about the freedom of religion and the freedom to criticize religion, and in public unease about religious minorities. This book is about religion and civil society in Europe. It moves from general theoretical and normative approaches of this relationship, via the examination of national patterns of religion-state relations, to in-depth analyses of the impact of religion and secularization on the values, pro-social attitudes and civic engagement of individuals. It covers Europe from the Lutheran North to the Catholic South, and from the secularized West to the Orthodox East and Islamic South-East with comparative analyses and country studies, concluding with an overall Europe-USA comparison.    

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Comeback of Religion in Europe - Help and Helping by Religion and Non Religion - Helping Values and Behavior across Europe - History of Civil Society - Islam and Civil Society - Mediatization of Religion and Politics - Political Participation of Muslims in Switzerland - Religion and Civic Engagement in Europe - Religion and Civic Engagement in the United States - Religion and Civil Society - Religion and Civil Society in Russia - Religion and Morality in Contemporary Europe - Religion in Italy - Religion in Latin countries - Religion in Postcommunist Europe - Religion in Sweden - Religion in Ukraine - Social Trust in Sweden - Spiritual Revolution in Denmark - State and Civil Society in Europe - The Dynamics of Civil Society - Vitality of Religious Civil Society

Related subjects » Political Science - Religious Studies - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Acknowledgements.- Note on the European Values Study as Main Data Source.- Preface.- Chapter 1. Introduction: European Diversity and Divergences; Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker and Loek Halman.- Chapter 2. Religion and Civil Society: Theoretical Reflections; David Herbert.- Chapter 3. Religion, State and Civil Society in Europe: Triangular Entanglements; John Madeley.- Chapter 4. The Dynamics of Civil Society: Density, Age, Fertility and Completeness in the Religious Voluntary Sector; Sigrid Roßteutscher.- Chapter 5. Secularization and Shifting Sources of Morality: Religion and Morality in Contemporary Europe; Loek Halman and Erik van Ingen.- Chapter 6. Social Trust and Religion in Sweden: Theological Belief vs. Social Organization; Susanne Wallman Lundåsen and Lars Trägård..- Chapter 7. Religion and Civil Society in Italy and Other Latin Countries; Franco Garelli.- Chapter 8. Secular Values, Religious Beliefs and Civil Life: A Comparative Analysis of Helping Values and Behaviour; Kingsley Purdam and Ingrid Storm.- Chapter 9. Religion, Spirituality and Civic Participation; Joep de Hart and Paul Dekker.- Chapter 10. The Spiritual Revolution and Social Capital in Denmark; Peter Lünchau.- Chapter 11. Religion and Social Participation in Postcommunist Europe; Mălina Voicu and Claudiu Tufiş.- Chapter 12. Religion and Civil Society in the Post-Soviet Space; Olga Balakireva and Yuliya Sereda.- Chapter 13. The Impact of Religion on the Political Participation of Muslims: The Case of Switzerland; Marco Giugni, Matteo Gianni and Noémi Michel.- Chapter 14. Democracy, Civil Society and Islam; Yilmaz Esmer.- Chapter 15. Does Praying Together Means Staying Together?: Religion and Civic Engagement in Europe and the United States; Pippa Norris.- Index.


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