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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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From Monopoly to Market

From Monopoly to Market

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how the religious landscape of the island of Ireland changed from one of monopoly Catholicism to a mixed, post-Catholic religious market. It explores differences and commonalities north and south, particularly after partition in 1921, and discusses how the Catholic Church’s monopoly was displaced, emphasizing the role of media and television, the changing role of women in society, changes within Catholicism itself (especially after Vatican II), and the impact of clerical sexual abuse scandals. It also describes contemporary Ireland’s mixed, post-Catholic religious market, noting the individualization of religion, tracking changes in religious identification and beliefs, and charting the island’s increased religious diversity. It argues that extra-institutional expressions of religion have become important players in this market, with the potential to prompt further transformation.

Keywords:   monopoly Catholicism, religious markets, extra-institutional religion, religious individualization, post-Catholic, clerical sexual abuse scandals

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