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Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe
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ISSN (Print) 1553-9962
Published by ISORECEA Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Editorial

    • Pages: 1 - 2
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Péter Török (1959-2022)

    • Authors: Gergely Rosta
      Pages: 3 - 4
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Religion and Politics: Challenges to the Social Scientific Study of

    • Authors: Siniša Zrinščak
      Pages: 5 - 19
      Abstract: Based on a literature review, this paper addresses how political science and sociology incorporate religion in their theories and research. A particular focus is placed on how both sciences theorise the relationship between religion and politics. The paper argues that political science and sociology struggle with incorporating religion into their main theories, which reflect different views on religion’s importance and its overall role in contemporary societies. Some key concepts, such as ‘politicisation’ and ‘religionisation’, are also discussed. A brief overview of the scholarship of religion in Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism is used as an example of how the radically changed social and political context was reflected in the scholarship. The paper’s final section summarises current debates on religion, populism and culture in political science and sociology. It shows how a new way of communicating political messages produces complex and contradictory references to religion. While this is captured in the literature by interpreting religion as a cultural identity marker, the argument is that this should not be dissociated from the role of secular actors in imposing cultural features on some religions or political features on others.
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      DOI: 10.20413/rascee.2022.15.1.5-19
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Czech Struggle for and against Religion in Public Space: The Case of
           Re-Erecting of Marian Column in Prague from the Perspective of the Media

    • Authors: Tomáš Bubík
      Pages: 21 - 35
      Abstract: Over the course of the last thirty years, that is from the fall of the Communist regime and the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, sociologists of religion and religious studies scholars have been attempting to characterize the attitude of Czech society to religion. This article consequently attempts to deal with religion in public space, in Prague and specifically in place perceived as purely Czech and national. The most significant case of iconoclasm in modern Czech history – the demolishment (1918) and re-erection (2020) of the Marian Column on the Old Town Square in Prague – was consequently chosen as the example of Czech national narrative template. The re-erection of this column has become an interesting media topic. This article therefore attempts to define the basic ideological frameworks of this debate, which was most intense in 2020, the time of the re-erection of the column.
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      DOI: 10.20413/rascee.2022.15.1.21-35
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • A Comparison of the State-Favored Religions in Turkey and Hungary

    • Authors: Fadime Yilmaz, András Máté-Tóth
      Pages: 37 - 56
      Abstract: Is it possible to establish a radical separation between religion and politics in constitutionally secular states' Is religion a private or political matter' In many countries, religious people are becoming activists, involving politics, trying to change the policies based on their beliefs or get a share of the state power. Their claims sometimes fall within the democratic structure of the country, and sometimes outside of it. This paper provides insight into the relation between state and religion by focusing on the religious politics of two countries, Turkey and Hungary This study is, in essence, a crossregional and cross-religious comparative study, presenting the very first comparison of the state-religion relationships in the two countries. Ninian Smart’s concept of dimensions of religion will be used as a framework to extract a pattern for each country. These dimensions exist in social systems and reflect the cultural and social milieu in which people socialize and build their own beliefs. Our goal is to present and prove that the religious features of Turkey and Hungary are comparable and show similarities along each dimension of Smart. Exploratory qualitative analysis will be employed to collect and analyze qualitative data in order to generate new concepts and generalizations. The data will be collected from open sources, such as newspapers, statistics, and survey results in Hungary and Turkey, to find the answer to the research questions. The main results of our comparative analysis are, first, evidence for substantial similarities regarding the presence of religion in the public sphere in each Smartian dimension, although in countries that are very different in terms of religion. Second, our systematic and structured analysis provides a strong and impartial invitation for further comparative research from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. This study is going to provide data collected from open sources such as newspapers, statistics, survey results in Hungary and Turkey, in order to find the reply to these questions.
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      DOI: 10.20413/rascee.2022.15.1.37-56
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Between Strangeness and an Alternative Buddhist Lifestyle: An Expression
           of Religious Non-Conformity in Consumer Culture

    • Authors: Zuzana Bártová
      Pages: 57 - 74
      Abstract: This study contributes to the sociological understanding of the social perceptions of religious engagement and its self-presentation in
      consumer culture. Drawing on three years of comparative ethnographic research on the Buddhist lifestyle in five different organisations in France and the Czech Republic, it reveals that Buddhist engagement, through its practices, is considered peculiar or even potentially dangerous by the participants’ environment. Remarks of the people surrounding them reflect typical features of the popular understanding and the literature on sects, cults and new religious movements and express social pressure to respect different social norms. They also partly represent social demands to adopt a conformist lifestyle because of their often individualised and activity-centred character. At the same time, Buddhist practitioners’ self-presentation of their engagement is in line with alternative lifestyle discourses since it challenges different social practices, forms of sociability, ethics and other values. The importance, diversity and positive image associated with this alternative stance can be considered an expression of the value of non-conformity that reflects the individualism and disdain of conformism typical of consumer culture.
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      DOI: 10.20413/rascee.2022.15.1.57-74
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Giuseppe Tateo Under the Sign of the Cross. The People’s Salvation
           Cathedral and the Church-Building Industry in Postsocialist Romania New
           York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2020. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-17-89-20858-0
           (hardback). $135 (e-book: $34.95).

    • Authors: Csaba Szabó
      Pages: 75 - 77
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Beth Singler and Eileen Barker (eds) Radical Transformations of Minority
           Religions London: Routledge, 2022. xv + 275 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-78670-6
           (hardback). £120.00 (eBook: £33.29).

    • Authors: James T. Richardson
      Pages: 78 - 79
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
  • Asbjørn Dyrendal, David G. Robertson and Egil Asprem (eds) Handbook of
           Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion Leiden and Boston: Brill,
           2018. 556 + xiii pages. ISBN: 978-90-04-38150-6 (hardback). ISBN:
           978-90-04-38202-2 (e-book). € 216.14.

    • Authors: Eileen Barker
      Pages: 80 - 82
      PubDate: 2022-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 15, No. 1 (2022)
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