Secularization and Social Integration
Papers in honor of Karel Dobbelaere
Edited volume - free ebook - PDF
At the end of the 1997-1998 academic year, Professor Karel Dobbelaere was awarded emeritus status by the Catholic University of Leuven. For four decades, he contributed and gave shape to academic sociology in Flanders. During this period, he showed students how to find their way into general sociology and sociological research at the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp. At the same time, he brought the sociology of religion in Flanders to maturity. With indefatigable dedication, he defended the autonomy and the necessity of a scientific, empirical study of churches, denominations, sects, and religious beliefs from a sociological perspective.
Karel Dobbelaere managed to reconcile harmoniously a permanent presence in Flemish sociology with an international scientific career. He enjoys great recognition within the world community of sociologists of religion and within its representative organization, the Société Internationale de Sociologie des Religions/International Society for the Sociology of Religion (SISR/ISSR). Particularly on the themes of pillarization and secularization, he did pioneering theoretical and empirical work. His often renewing insights have been expressed in several studies and numerous articles in scientific books and international journals.
Given that Karel Dobbelaere gained world-wide respect as a sociologist of religion, it seemed appropriate to honour him at the end of his academic career with an international Festschrift. Many of his colleagues and friends within the field of the sociology of religion contributed to this volume, whose title, Secularization and Social Integration, refers, of course, to one of the main themes in Dobbelaere's work.
Karel Dobbelaere, sociologist of religion
Part I. Karel Dobbelaere and the secularization thesis
In appreciation of Karel Dobbelaere on secularization
Secularization disproved or displaced?
N.J. Demerath III
Secularization: Karel Dobbelaere and Japanese sociology
From the classics to Luhmann and back again? Notes on Karel Dobbelaere's sociology of religion
Part II. Religion and secularization: theoretical perspectives
Sociology and religion: Durkheim and Simmel
The secularization thesis: Criticisms and rebuttals
Secularization in a religiogeneous modernity
Sociological theory of religion between description and predication: A Weberian question revisited
Secularization and the unity of the R.C. Church
Postscriptum: "That all may be one". Explorations of Catholic unity on a global scale
Mady A. Thung
Part III. Secularization and social integration: case studies
Secularization and social solidarity: a social constructionist view
James A. Beckford
A few notes on secularization and pillarization: The case of Japan
The Helmet and the Turban. Secularization in Islam
Contradictions of secularism and the preservations of the sacred. Four contexts of religious change in communism
State imposed secularism: Yet another dimension?
The scope and limits of religious functions according to the European Value and IISP surveys
Social capital, religious-philosophical involvement and social integration in Belgium: An empirical investigation
Part IV. Religion, identity and meaning
Religion as a resource for the creation of personal identity in a secularized context
Religion, individualization of meaning, and the social bond
The figure of the converted as descriptive figure of religious modernity: A reflection based on the file of conversions to Catholicism in France
Death and Christmas revisited. Beyond secularization: a search for meaning
Marginals for a sociology of fear and trust
Bibliography Karel Dobbelaere
Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF
Size: 240 × 160 mm
Publication: December 10, 1998
Stock item number: 46176