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Religion as a Response to the Crisis of Modernity: Perspectives of Immigrants in Ireland

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This chapter focuses on the links between religion and crisis from the perspective of immigrants in the Republic of Ireland. Ireland can be said to be in a transitional period, experiencing multiple crises associated with modernity. Ireland has changed from a poor country of emigration with a relatively religiously and culturally homogenous population, to a more multicultural society experiencing a rapid economic boom, to a country in economic crisis. The chapter begins by describing the Irish context as one of multiple crises. It then draws on the author's ethnographic fieldwork to explore how temporary young immigrants from the European Union (EU) and of Christian religious background are responding to these multiple crises. The chapter also discusses the stories of immigrants affiliated with a German Lutheran congregation, a Polish Catholic chaplaincy and a Slovak Catholic community in Dublin to illustrate how they respond to these multiple crises with religion.

Keywords: congregation; European Union (EU); Ireland; modernity; religion; secularization; spirituality



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