Religion in Central European societies: its social role and people’s expectations

Ančić, Branko and Zrinščak, Siniša (2012) Religion in Central European societies: its social role and people’s expectations. Religion and society in Central and Eastern Europe, 5 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 1553-9962

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This paper analyses the public role of religion in post-communist Central Europe by researching perceptions and expectations of people concerning different aspects of the social role of religion. The paper argues that the social significance of religion should be analysed from the point of view of its ability to fulfildifferent social functions and social expectations connected with it. Based on the data from the Aufbruch research project and partly from the International Social Survey Project, religious portraits of 13 post-communist countries are presented. A more in-depth analysis is done for four countries (Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia), since in these countries the differences in the general level of religiosity vary significantly, ranging from highly religious (Croatia) to highly secularized (Czech Republic). The findings show that social expectations about the public role of religion differ due to a social field in which religion is/can be engaged and that people’s expectations about the public and social role of religion do not always match the general level of religiosity in a specific society.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religion, public role, social role, expectations, Central Europe
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 14:20
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 12:06

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