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Xenosophia and Religion. Biographical and Statistical Paths for a Culture of Welcome

Editors: Streib, Heinz, Klein, Constantin (Eds.)

  • Presents results about xenophobia and xenophilia in Germany in critical times 
  • Offers a typology and a selection of typical biographical-reconstructive case studies 
  • Exhibits biographical and statistical paths to xenophobia and xenophilia 
  • Uses multivariate analyses with psychometric assessments and a triangulatory design
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This book documents the current polarization in Germany regarding the issue of refugee immigration. It presents quantitative estimates for both xenophobia and xenophilia in the German population, including short-time changes. The book suggests a conceptual change of perspectives. It focuses not only on the pathogenic model that accounts for outcomes such as xenophobia, Islamophobia and other forms of (inter-religious) prejudice, but on a salutogenic model. In the book’s view, the salutogenic model entails xenosophia: the wisdom, creativity and inspiration that emerges from the encounter with the strange and the strange religion. The book addresses individual dispositions, which may lead to xenophobia or xenosophia, and takes into account predictors such as religiosity, religious schemata, value preferences, tolerance of complexity, and violence legitimizing norms of masculinity. A selection of case studies present typical biographical trajectories toward xenosophia.

About the authors

Heinz Streib (M.A. 1977, Tübingen University; Ph.D. 1989, Emory University, Habilitation 1995, Frankfurt University) is Senior Professor at Bielefeld University. He has established the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion at the University of Bielefeld and has conducted there a series of empirical studies. Streib’s major third-party funded research projects are the following: Fundamentalist Biographies (1996-1998, for an Enquete Commission of the German Parliament); Varieties of Deconversion in the USA and Germany (2002-2005); Semantics and psychology of “spirituality” in Germany and the USA (2009-2012); Xenosophia and Religion in Germany (2011-2015); Longitudinal research on religious development with the Faith Development Interview as key instrument (current). Key research interests include: Theory and longitudinal research in religious development in terms of religious styles and schemata; violence and inter-religious prejudice in Europe; Children’s and adolescents’ readiness for mediation.

Constantin Klein (Dipl.-Psych. 2003, Leipzig University; Dipl.-Theol. 2004, Leipzig University; Ph.D. 2013, Bielefeld University) is Professor for Spiritual Care at Ludwig-Maximilians-University München. Between 2009 and 2017, Klein was scientific assistant at Bielefeld University and associated with the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion. Klein was primary researcher for the research project “Xenosophia and Religion in Germany” (2011-2015), the results of which are presented in this volume. Key research interests include: Theory and research in the psychology of religion; violence and inter-religious prejudice in Europe; spiritual care.


Reviews

“This book shows that there is much insight to be gained for those who do. … Through their comprehensive study on xenosophia, … Streib and his team may give us pause and perhaps may even show us pathways that lead toward a more vibrant and welcoming culture.” (Wade C. Rowatt, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Vol. 29 (3), 2019)​

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • What is Xenosophia? Philosophical Contributions to Prejudice Research

    Pages 3-21

    Streib, Heinz

  • Extant Empirical Research on Religiosity and Prejudice

    Pages 23-84

    Klein, Constantin (et al.)

  • How Faith Development Interviews Reflect Biographical Paths to Xenosophia: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations

    Pages 85-106

    Streib, Heinz (et al.)

  • Design, Methods, and Sample Characteristics of the Bielefeld Study on Xenosophia and Religion

    Pages 107-152

    Klein, Constantin (et al.)

  • Xenophobia and the Culture of Welcome in Times of High Refugee Immigration

    Pages 155-180

    Streib, Heinz (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Xenosophia and Religion. Biographical and Statistical Paths for a Culture of Welcome
Editors
  • Heinz Streib
  • Constantin Klein
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74564-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74564-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74563-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09022-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 392
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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