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Religious Pluralism

Framing Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World

Editors: Giordan, Giuseppe, Pace, Enzo (Eds.)

  • Illustrates both theoretically and empirically the differences between religious diversity and religious pluralism
  • Highlights how the factual situation of cultural and religious diversity may lead to individual, social and political choices of organized and recognized pluralism
  • Details general issues related to religious pluralism and features case studies that provide a more specific look at these issues
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About this book

This volume illustrates both theoretically and empirically the differences between religious diversity and religious pluralism. It highlights how the factual situation of cultural and religious diversity may lead to individual, social and political choices of organized and recognized pluralism. In the process, both individual and collective identities are redefined, incessantly moving along the continuum that ranges from exclusion to inclusion.

The book starts by first detailing general issues related to religious pluralism. It makes the case for keeping the empirical, the normative, the regulatory and the interactive dimensions of religious pluralism analytically distinct while recognizing that, in practice, they often overlap. It also underlines the importance of seeking connections between religious pluralism and other pluralisms. Next, the book explores how religious diversity can operate to contribute to legal pluralism and examines the different types of church-state relations: eradication, monopoly, oligopoly and pluralism.

The second half of the book features case studies that provide a more specific look at the general issues, from ways to map and assess the religious diversity of a whole country to a comparison between Belgian-French views of religious and philosophical diversity, from religious pluralism in Italy to the shifting approach to ethnic and religious diversity in America, and from a sociological and historical perspective of religious plurality in Japan to an exploration of Brazilian religions, old and new.

The transition from religious diversity to religious pluralism is one of the most important challenges that will reshape the role of religion in contemporary society. This book provides readers with insights that will help them better understand and interpret this unprecedented transition.

About the authors

Giuseppe Giordan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Padua. From 2009 to 2013 he served as General Secretary of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. With Enzo Pace and Luigi Berzano he edits the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. His books in English include Identity and Pluralism. The Values of the Post-Modern Time. Center for Migration Studies, 2004; Vocation and Social Context (ed.), Brill, 2007; Conversion in the Age of Pluralism (ed.), Brill, 2009; Youth and Religion (ed.), Brill, 2010; Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practices (ed. with William H. Swatos, Jr.) Springer, 2011.

Enzo Pace, Full professor of sociology of religion at Padua University, Directeur d’Études invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Past-President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR). Co-editors of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (Brill). Recent publications: Religion as Communication. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011; Il carisma, la fede, la chiesa: introduzione alla sociologia del cristianesimo. Roma: Carocci, 2012; La comunicazione invisibile. Religioni e internet. Cinisello Balsamo, San Paolo Editore, 2013.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Pluralism as Legitimization of Diversity

    Giordan, Giuseppe

    Pages 1-12

  • Re-Thinking Religious Pluralism

    Beckford, James A.

    Pages 15-29

  • Religious Diversity, Social Control, and Legal Pluralism: A Socio-Legal Analysis

    Richardson, James T.

    Pages 31-47

  • Oligopoly Is Not Pluralism

    Yang, Fenggang

    Pages 49-59

  • Religious and Philosophical Diversity as a Challenge for the Secularism: A Belgian-French Comparison

    Willaime, Jean-Paul

    Pages 63-72

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-06623-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-06622-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38187-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Pluralism
Book Subtitle
Framing Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World
Editors
  • Giuseppe Giordan
  • Enzo Pace
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06623-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06623-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-06622-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38187-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 188
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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