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<i>2011 Association for the Sociology of Religion Presidential Address</i>Socially Engaged Religion in a Post-Westphalian Global Context: Remodeling the Secular/Religious Distinction

Peter Beyer

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 73, issue 2, pages 109-129
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/srs029
2011 Association for the Sociology of Religion Presidential AddressSocially Engaged Religion in a Post-Westphalian Global Context: Remodeling the Secular/Religious Distinction

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Contemporary transformations in the dominant forms of religion in global context are analyzed in terms of a change from a dominance of a “Westphalian” modeling of religious and political systems to a “post-Westphalian” condition in which Westphalian modeling loses its self-evidence and gives way to a greater modeling of religion on other societal systems, especially the systems for mass information media and economy. Recent changes in sociological observation of religion are analyzed in terms of this transformation

Keywords: globalization; theory; secularization

Journal Article.  9045 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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