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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Extra-Institutional Religion: Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland?

Extra-Institutional Religion: Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland?

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates the relevance of the concept of extra-institutional religion in general, extending its theoretical application outside post-Catholic Ireland. Extra-institutional religion’s ability to contribute to personal transformation is linked to the way it facilitates an experiential, individualized form of religion, making it well suited to the religious conditions of late modernity. Its ability to contribute to wider transformation is linked to the place provided for religion in the public sphere of a particular society; and to its position on the margins of religious markets, which gives it structural advantages when working for change. Extra-institutional religion strikes a balance or a middle way between the relatively free-floating religious individuals of reflexive modernity, the historical legacies of collectivistic religions, and conservative or fundamentalist religious enclaves. The chapter also includes five lessons for faith-inspired activists on contributing to reconciliation on the island of Ireland.

Keywords:   extra-institutional religion, post-Catholic, religious markets, individualized religion, faith-based activism, reconciliation, collectivistic religions

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