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Elements For A Semiotics Of "Conversion"

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The concept of conversion is highly problematic in a believing landscape that is entirely shaped by the full legitimation of the individualized construction of the relation to meaning. This is not only because the sociology of conversion would be, by force of circumstances, a sociology of the minority-the only identifiable one-and would be characterized by the coincidence, or at least a relative one, between a displayed individual believer and an established content of belief. This chapter presents some elements of a political sociology of the use of the religious resources. "Conversion" is part of this pharmacopoeia, as a means to face the present, by putting it into a narrative that tends to reverbalize the world, and consequently to ensure a level of control whereas this relation to the world used to be perceived as fragmented and endured as domination.

Keywords: political sociology; religious conversion; religious resources



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