Rethinking conversion : beyond the religious and the secular
Title: Rethinking conversion : beyond the religious and the secular
Author: BLOUIN, Samuel
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2016/11; RELIGIOWEST
This article seeks to pinpoint some of the consequences of the secularization process – conceived as the dissociation of religion from both state politics and culture – with the aim of broadening the conceptualization of conversion. Conversion is therefore considered to be a social fact beyond the religious and the secular, for which the concept of 'trans-formation' is employed in order to grasp this phenomenon. The concept of trans-formation posits processes of conversion as shifts from intimate convictions to public values. From this perspective, based on a pragmatic sociology of values, religious conversions are put forth as one possible way to qualify trajectories that the concept of trans-formation aims to comprehend. The article ends by considering the status of religious convictions in comparison with convictions otherwise qualified.
Subject: Conversion; Religious conversion; Secularization; Religious/Secular binary; Convictions
Grant number: FP7/269860
Type of Access: openAccess