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New Frontiers and Relations between Religion, Culture and Politics in Western Europe

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Pérez-Agote Poveda, Alfonso (2018) New Frontiers and Relations between Religion, Culture and Politics in Western Europe. Religions, 9 (5). ISSN 2077-1444

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Abstract

Sociology was born as a discipline that analyzed the process of modernization of Western European societies. However, in turn, this science was developing a predictive, prophetic vision of the future of human communities, assuming that they were all going to follow paths similar to those followed by Western Europeans. This prophetic dimension reduced the capacity of sociology to analyze new phenomena including, on the one hand, phenomena relating to other societies, on the one hand, but also, on the other hand, phenomena related to the transformations suffered by Western European societies after their process of modernization. This last case constitutes the objective of this work, in which I try to recover the purely analytical character of sociology. To this end, I intend to relate the general model of the political modernization of Western European societies elaborated by historical sociology to the theory of social differentiation, avoiding the evolutionary drift of this theory. From that position, I try to specify the analytical nature of some conceptual instruments of sociology, in order to make them more useful to understanding the contemporary social transformations of Western European societies. Some of these transformations have changed the tendency towards the cultural homogenization characteristic of modernization, because after the two world wars these societies began to receive strong flows of immigration.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Religion; culture; politics; differentiation; historical process; Western European countries
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science
Social sciences > Sociology
Social sciences > Sociology > Religion
Social sciences > Sociology > Social psychology
ID Code:61804
Deposited On:07 Aug 2020 08:47
Last Modified:07 Aug 2020 08:47

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