Diffused Religion. Beyond Secularization

Monday, 16 July 2018: 19:30-20:50
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: English

Pre-organised invited 'Author Meets Critics' session.

A discussion on the book by Roberto Cipriani, Diffused Religion. Beyond Secularization, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2017.

A convener, a chair and 4 speakers will participate.

Modern diffused religion is not very different from that of the past. Indeed it is precisely its persistence that gives it its peculiar characteristic which Claude Lévi-Strauss would have understood as a hard core not easily touched by time but subject, nevertheless, to variations that may not be easily perceived. If anything has changed, it has done so at a secondary level that regards details rather than substance.

Diffused religion is the result of a vast process of religious socialization that continues to pervade cultural reality and not only that. The pervasive character of religion arises from the religion itself and is heavily imbued with religious connotations.

Religion of diffused values embraces central categories of religious behavior. Thus the framework of non-institutional religion appears much broader, being based on shared values which are represented by choices in terms of guiding principles of life. It is reasonable to maintain that we are faced not only with a religion based on values largely shared, since they have been diffused chiefly through primary and, later, secondary socialization, but these very values can be seen in themselves as a kind of religion. This religion has lay, profane, secular threads.

Session Organizer:
Roberto CIPRIANI, University Roma Tre, Italy
Roberta RICUCCI, University of Turin, Italy
Per PETTERSSON, Karlstads Universitet, Sweden, Roberto MOTTA, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco at Recife (Brazil), Brazil, Douglas EZZY, University of Tasmania, Australia and Christel GÄRTNER, University of Muenster, Germany