Journal Article

Towards an Integrated Perspective of the Processes Related to the Descriptive Concept of Secularization

Karel Dobbelaere

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 60, issue 3, pages 229-247
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3711935
Towards an Integrated Perspective of the Processes Related to the Descriptive Concept of Secularization

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Taking into account the analytical distinction between system levels, this article proposes an integrated perspective of the different processes related to secularization. Several levels of analysis are discussed: the macro, meso, and micro levels, and the interconnectedness between them. Secularization is seen here as the particularization in the religious subsystem of the general process of functional differentiation on the macro level. The purpose is to propose a more integrated theoretical view of secularization and related processes rather than a paradigm, and to stimulate international comparative research.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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