SSSR presidential address public religions and the postsecular : critical reflections
Beckford, James A.. (2012) SSSR presidential address public religions and the postsecular : critical reflections. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol.51 (No.1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0021-8294Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2011.01625.x
The term "postsecular" is proliferating in the writings of scholars working in the humanities and social sciences. This article assesses the variety of meanings attributed to the term, groups them in six clusters of ideas, and raises questions about the tensions that exist between some of its different meanings. Taking the central idea that religions enjoy relatively high visibility in the public sphere of postsecular societies, the article then considers how well this applies to the case of Britain. It argues that the visibility of religion in Britain's public sphere-far from being postsecular in any of the current meanings of the term-is actually associated with the state's "interpellation" of selected religions as partners in the delivery of public policies for managing diversity, combating inequality, and promoting social enterprise. © 2012 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.|
|Official Date:||March 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-19|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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