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Congregations in Europe

Editors: Monnot, Christophe, Stolz, Jörg (Eds.)

  • Brings together unique scholars working on religious congregations or spiritual gatherings in Europe
  • Offers a wealth of vital and unprecedented information on religion and religious plurality on the Continent
  • Allows comparisons of various religious situations happening in Europe
  • Takes a new approach to understanding religious secularisation and pluralisation in Europe
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About this book

This volume describes and maps congregations of Christian confessions and denominations, as well as groups with Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and various other spiritual faiths, in different European countries. Consisting of three parts, it presents concrete sociological studies addressing  how established and not established, old and new congregations of various faiths create a new kind of religious diversity at the country level; how religious congregations are challenged and thrive in large cities; and how religious congregations change in the 21st century.

The book enlightens by its descriptive analysis and the theoretical questions it raises concerning the religious transformations happening all over Europe. It addresses issues of religious diversity in the cities of Europe by presenting large studies conducted in cities such as Barcelona in Spain, and Aarhus in Denmark. By means of large-scale censuses taken in areas such as North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and in countries like Switzerland and Italy, the book shows how the historically established churches restructure their congregations and activities. It clarifies for the new gatherers where and how a new diversity of religious congregations is in the process of being established. Finally, the book covers two important topical issues: pluralisation and secularisation. It provides new data on religious diversity, painting a new picture of secularisation: the impact and structural consequences of the long-term decrease of membership in the established churches.

About the authors

Christophe Monnot is assistant professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Strasbourg. His work focuses on religious institutions and congregations. After his PhD on the Swiss Congregations, he was awarded by several grants to pursue his research on the implantation and institutionalization process of Mosques in France and in Switzerland. He has edited several book in French and in English, the last one is “Religion in times of Crisis” (Brill, 2014). He is also board member of the Research Network 34 (Sociology of Religion) of the European Sociological Association (ESA) since its founding in 2011.

Jörg Stolz is full professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Lausanne. Substantively, he works on the description and explanation of different forms of religiosity, evangelicalism, secularization, and comparison of religious groups across religious traditions. He is the author of many articles in leading sociology journals, among which 'Explaining religiosity: towards a unified theoretical framework' in the British Journal of Sociology. He is the president of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Monnot, Christophe (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • How Do You Recognize a “Congregation”? Definition and Operationalization Strategies of the Swiss Congregation Census

    Monnot, Christophe (et al.)

    Pages 15-31

  • Second Modernity’s Effects on the Religious Field: Implications for a Mapping Project

    Ahlin, Lars

    Pages 33-49

  • Be Fruitful and Multiply… Fast! The Spread of Orthodox Churches in Italy

    Giordan, Giuseppe (et al.)

    Pages 53-69

  • Congregational Development and Organization-Mindedness: Results from the German Church Barometer

    Rebenstorf, Hilke

    Pages 71-88

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eBook 74,96 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77261-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: May 29, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77260-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Congregations in Europe
Editors
  • Christophe Monnot
  • Jörg Stolz
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77261-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77261-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77260-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 219
Number of Illustrations and Tables
31 b/w illustrations
Topics