A secularização contextual: novas perspetivas sobre o estudo sociológico da religião

Translated title of the contribution: Contextual secularization: new perspectives on the sociological study of religion

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This paper looks at the origins and the developments of the sociological understanding of the modernity-religion relation. Given the theoretical fragility of classical conceptions of the modernization process and its refutation throughout the twentieth century, social sciences have produced a new paradigm – the theory of multiple modernities. Their greater sensitivity to context and different historical paths, but also their accommodation of and compatibility with the religious phenomenon, aroused a new interest in secularization studies. Hypotheses on multiple secularizations have been unveiled. However, its support was weak and inconsequential both at the theoretical level and at the empirical one. Our research thus proposes a new approach that captures with greater flexibility and precision the modern dynamics between modernity and religion. We suggest the use of medium-range analytical categories, seeking to balance extension (of case studies) and intention (of each cases’ proprieties), but emphasizing the latter. Hence we propose a contextual analysis of secularization.
Translated title of the contributionContextual secularization: new perspectives on the sociological study of religion
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationNa era da “pós-verdade”? Esfera pública, cidadania e qualidade da democracia no Portugal contemporâneo. Atas do X Congresso Português de Sociologia
PublisherAssociaçao Portuguesa de Sociologia (APS)
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9789899798151
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventX Congresso Português de Sociologia - Covilhã, Portugal
Duration: 10 Jul 201812 Jul 2018


ConferenceX Congresso Português de Sociologia


  • Modernity
  • Multiples modernities
  • Secularization
  • Contextual secularization


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