Secularization is the process of
organizing society or aspects of social life around
non-religious values or principles. Secularization is linked closely to Max Weber's concept of disenchantment of the world as the sphere
of the magical, sacred and religious retreats before the driving force of rationalization of culture and
social institutions powered by emergent capitalism.
and Secularization: Controversy about the process of secularization has consituted
the centrepiece of the sociology of religion. The
explication of the terms in which the secularization controversy has developed among
sociologists and sociologically-inclined theologians. The secularization paradigm in the social sciences led many scholars to presume that
religious organizations no longer had a public role in society.
Enforced Secularization -
Spontaneous Revival? Religious Belief, Unbelief, Uncertainty and Indifference in East
and West European Countries 19911998 Secularization. - Heiner
Meulemann - Universität zu Köln, European Sociological Review. If the enforced form
of secularization of East European countries has the same effects even if the degree of
secularization is controlled, and if these are reversed after the demise of communism. The degree and the form of secularization affect the
answers to the religious question.
Secularization: Taking Philosophy of Education Seriously - E.P. Brandon
Caribbean Journal of Education, 19, 227-238 (1997) Secularization.
Secularization of Public
Administration - Thomas D. Lynch, Richard Omdal and Peter L. Cruise
Louisiana State University, Golden Gate University
The history of values in public administration research and question of secularization
with its removal of linkage between spiritual wisdom and public values.
The Catholic Bishops Conferences of the United States and France - Engaging
Immigration as a Public Issue
Margarita Mooney, Princeton University - American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 49, No.
Secularization and the
Role of Religion in State Institutions - Inger Furseth
Social Compass, Vol. 50, No. 2, 191-202 (2003)
The role of the Church of Norway in military and prison chaplaincies is a clear
illustration of the continuing intertwining of religion and state in Norway.
Church attendance in Spain (1930-1992): Gender differences and secularization
Pablo Branas - Garza University of Jaen IESA-CSIC, Spain.
Is Northern Ireland Abnormal? An Extension of the Sociological Debate on
Religion in Modern Britain
Claire Mitchell, Queens University Belfast - Sociology, Vol. 38, No. 2, (2004)
Measures secularization along Casanovas three dimension, religious differentiation,
decline and privatization. It finds that Northern Ireland has high levels of religious
differentiation and little convinced secularism.
Secularization, Deviance and Delinquency among Israeli Arab Villagers
S. Giora Shoham, Esther Segal, Giora Rahav
Human Relations, Vol. 28, No. 7, 661-674 (1975)
There is the process of rapid modernization which involves secularization, disorganization
of traditional social structure and changing norms.
Losing my religion: a dynamic analysis of leaving the church in the
Ariana Need and Nan Dirk De Graaf - European Sociological Review 12:87-99 1996
Cohort and period effects of secularization on the risk of
leaving a faith, using life-event data from the Dutch Family Survey. The results suggest
the current level of secularization increases the risk of becoming unchurched.
DYNAMICS OF THE RELIGIOUS ECONOMY
EXIT, VOICE AND DENOMINATIONAL SECULARIZATION
James D. Montgomery - Rationality and Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, 81-110 (1996)
If individuals remain within their parents' denominations, intergenerational social mobility may alter denominational class composition.
State Welfare Spending and Religiosity - A Cross-National Analysis
Anthony Gill, Rationality and Society, Vol. 16, No. 4, 399-436 (2004)
What accounts for cross-national variation in religiosity as
measured by church attendance and non-religious rates? Examining answers from both
secularization theory and the religious economy perspective.
Paracelsus Confronts the Saints: Miracles, Healing and the Secularization of Magic
CHARLES WEBSTER, All Souls College Oxford - Social History of Medicine 1995 8(3).
Medicalization and Secularization: the Jewish Ritual Bath as a Problem of Hygiene
THOMAS SCHLICH, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung Straussweg
Social History of Medicine 1995 8(3):423-442
The new role assigned to religion can be seen as part of a process of
secularization. Medicalization and secularization were different aspects of
the same process.
The Roman Catholic Church and the Immigration Issue
The Relative Secularization of Political Life in Spain
Xabier Itçaina, CERVL-CNRS, Institut dEtudes Politiques de Bordeaux, France
American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 49, No. 11, 1471-1488 (2006)
The relative secularization of immigration-related politics in Spain and Southern Europe.
Catholic activism indicates the withdrawal of the church as a
social institution has not signified the demise of its influence.
Islam and Secularization
Source: Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 33, Number 3, 2005, pp. 438-448(11)
The dichotomy of the religious and the secular emerged within popularized fundamentalism
which has to be seen as a fruit of the secularization process.
Meulemann H., University of Cologne - European Societies, Volume 2, Number 2, June 2000.
The secularization hypothesis is confirmed for both beliefs on the aggregate as well as
the individual level of analysis. The modified secularization hypothesis are conformed for
the belief in God only.
Secularization and Aging in Britain: Does Family Formation Cause Greater
James R. Tilley, Nuffield College, Oxford
Secularization and Tolerance
Giorgio Spini1University of Florence, Faculty of Political Science, Via Laura, 48, 50121
Abstract: The author analyzes the relationship between the decline of religions and
SOCIAL CHANGE AND RELIGION: THINKING BEYOND
Charles L. Harper is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at
For those expecting its attenuation to accompany modernization,
religion remains vibrant and socially salient. It is in parts of Western Europe that the
secularization thesis seems to work the best.
Secularization, Religiosity, and the United States Constitution
Christopher L. Eisgruber
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Summer 2006, Vol. 13, No. 2, Pages 445-472
What sort of evidence exists that the United States has been secularized.
The Secularization of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Mike
Nicol's The Ibis Tapestry
Michael Titlestad, Mike Kissack - Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Winter
2006, Vol. 37, No. 4, Pages 48-67
The novel unravels aspects of the ethical ideology and epistemological
framing of the Commission in a way that amounts to its secularization.
Is there a Place for the Sacred in Organizations and their Development
Rajen K. Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
Journal of Human Values, Vol. 2, No. 2, 149-158 (1996)
Secularization of life is widely seen as a direct consequence of European enlightenment
and the process of modernization. Thesis of societal secularization through analysis of
ideas in the Anglo-Saxon Christian areas.
Secularization in a strong religious society: the case of Turkey
Tahirli, Taleh, Department: Linköping University, Department of Management and
That Islam and secularization is incompatible. The problematic
relationship between religion and democracy still shows itself intensively. The
application of concept secularization to studies of the Muslim countries in
the Middle East has been problematic than enlightening.
Is Secularization a Discontinuous Process?
Daniel Rigney, Richard Machalek, Jerry D. Goodman
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Dec., 1978), pp. 381-387
Undertakes an empirical evidence assessment of the
discontinuity thesis. It is not clear that secularization has been discontinuous during
The Case Secularization: A Rebuttal
FRANK J. LECHNER, Emory University
There is a reasonably solid body of secularization theory with valid historical content.
Secularization theory remains a valuable part of the theoretical arsenal of the sociology
Secularization as Declining Religious Authority
MARK CHAVES, The University of Notre Dame
Draws on and develops what is best in the secularization literature.
Religious Advocacy in Secular Society: A Neo-Secularization Perspective
David Yamane, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Secularization Troubles: The Sociology of Liberal Protestantism
Christopher Hinkle, Harvard Divinity School
Contemporary resistance among both sociologists and theologians reflects an intellectual
differentiation associated with secularization.
The Great Secularization Experiment: An Analysis of Communism's Attempt to
Eliminate Religion - Froese, P.
Trends in de katholieke godsdienstigheid eind 20ste eeuw: België vergeleken met
West - en Centraal-Europese landen, Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, 24 (1), 9-36. -
Karel Dobbelaere (2003)
Rational Choice Theory and Secularization Theory
are used to analyse data on Catholics West European and Central European countries in the
frame of the Religious and Moral Pluralism study.
The Religious and the
Secular: Studies in Secularization by David Martin
Suzanne Gwiazda, Church History, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Jun., 1970).