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Humanist Organizations and Secularization in Germany

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Schröder, Stefan:
Humanist Organizations and Secularization in Germany.
In: Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe. Vol. 10 (2017) Issue 1 . - pp. 21-34.
ISSN 1553-9962

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Abstract in another language

Among social scientists, humanist and freethinker organizations are often described as secularizing agents within society with a critical and confrontational relation to religions. This article provides a re-evaluation of this theory with respect to a contemporary example of German freigeistig organizations, the German Humanist Association (Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands [HVD]). Through being incorporated into German religio-political arrangements, the author argues, the HVD rather imitates religion, thereby unfolding secularization-opposing effects. Drawing on a grounded theory-based analysis of found data as well as interviews and participant observations, and with reference to the comparative frameworks regarding ‘multiple secularities’ (Burchardt/Wohlrab-Sahr) or ‘different modes of nonreligion’ (Quack), the article concludes by distinguishing two different types of freigeistig organizations in contemporary Germany, only one of which can by described as a secularizing agent.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Freethought; Humanism; Nonreligion; Religion and Politics; Secularization
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Study of Religion with an emphasis on contemporary culture
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 08:16
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 08:16