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Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison

Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta


This book focuses on two issues. First, it describes how the social significance of religion in its various facets has changed in modern societies. Second, it explains what factors and conditions have contributed to these changes. After discussing the two central concepts of the investigation, religion and modernity, the book presents the most important theories that deal with the relationship between the two. The empirical part, which constitutes the bulk of the book, begins by analysing religious change in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe. For the sake of comparison, it then ... More

Keywords: functional differentiation, individualization, pluralization, secularization, modernity, sociology of religion, case studies, multi-level analysis, Christianity, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Detlef Pollack, author
Professor of Sociology of Religion, University of Münster

Gergely Rosta, author
Associate Professor in Sociology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest