Title: China Challenges Secularization Theory
Authors: Dobbelaere, Karel # ×
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Publisher: Sage
Series Title: Social Compass vol:56 issue:3 pages:362-370
Abstract: The author proposes a reflection on challenges that the three anthropological articles in this issue present for secularization theory. The first two discuss "performances" of religion in two different Chinese cultural periods: welfare services offered by recognized religious associations in the People's Republic of China and the judicial rituals in colonial settings. The author suggests similarities with such "performances" in western culture. The second part of the article discusses some issues raised by Szonyi in his comparison of recent social research literature on Chinese religion and sociological literature on secularization: a critique of the concept of "modernity" in relation to secularization; a reflection on the possibility of establishing a secularization theory with universal validity; how to integrate rational choice theory and secularization theory; the validity of secularization in view of individual religious sensitivity; and secularization as an ideology and a discussion of the so-called "privatization of religion" in secularized settings.
ISSN: 0037-7686
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
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