Multiple Modernities and Postsecular Societies
Title: Multiple Modernities and Postsecular Societies
Citation: Aldershot/Burlington, Ashgate, 2012, The Global Connections Series
ISBN: 978-1-4094-4412-1; 978-1-4094-4413-8
Engaging with the idea that the world reveals not one, but many routes to modernity, this volume explores the role of religion in the emergence of multiple forms of modernity, which evolve according to specific cultural conditions and interpretations of the ‘modern project’. Drawing upon case study material from Africa, The Middle East, Russia and South America, it examines the question of whether modernity, democracy and secularism are universalistic concepts or are, on the contrary, unique to Western civilization, whilst considering the relationship of postsecularism to the varied paths of modern development.
Table of Contents:
-- Introduction, Massimo Rosati and Kristina Stoeckl; -- From multiple modernities to multiple democracies, Alessandro Ferrara; -- Multifaceted or fragmented public spheres in Turkey and Iran, Ugur Kömeçoglu; -- The Turkish laboratory: local modernity and the postsecular in Turkey, Massimo Rosati; -- Russia’s ‘cursed issues’, post-Soviet religion, and the endurance of secular modernity, Alexander Agadjanian; -- European integration and Russian Orthodoxy: two multiple modernities perspectives, Kristina Stoeckl; -- A state goddess in the new secular Nepal: reflections on the Kumari case at the Supreme Court, Chiara Letizia; -- Big man of the big God: Nigeria as a laboratory for multiple modernities, Enzo Pace; -- The modernity of new societies: South Africa, Brazil and the prospect of a world-sociology, Peter Wagner; -- Index.
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