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Conversion As A New Lifestyle: An Exploratory Study Of Soka Gakkai In Italy

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Today, forms of conversion involving less radical and final choices are increasingly more frequent, due to the character of religious nomadism and circularity they can be defined as conversion as a new lifestyle. This chapter examines conversions as they have been conceived in the historic period of the centrality of monotheistic religions, the Christian, Hebrew, or Muslim religions. It also examines the notion of a post-secular society, a society in which secularization has encouraged new religious and culturally significant phenomena to manifest themselves because of their connections with the secularized world and religions. The chapter provides the classic four-cell typology of conversion, vertical conversion, processual conversion, interactionist and horizontal conversion, coercive conversion. It presents report data that is collected through field work conducted in the city of Torino (Turin) in 2007 by way of interviews and accounts of people converted to Soka Gakkai.

Keywords: conversion as a new lifestyle; Soka Gakkai



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