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Some Thoughts on Privatisation and De-Institutionalisation: Religion in the Public Sphere

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Privatisation is primarily a consequence of the process of differentiation. But the effects social differentiation has on society as a whole on the one hand and religion on the other differs. This chapter briefly lays out the influence of a number of these effects, with emphasis on de-institutionalisation. There are three stages to this brief analysis. It defines religion, as any scholar of religion in the modern age, and it sketches a number of sub-processes to which religion is subject. The chapter lays out the effects of these processes on three distinct levels: the level of the believing individual, the level of the collective, and the level of background notions. From the analysis made in the chapter, it can be concluded that religion is modernising: it adapts to modern society, and to the process of modernisation.

Keywords: de-institutionalisation; modernisation; privatisation



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