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Religiöse Diversität und Sozialintegration im internationalen Vergleich

Traunmüller, Richard (2013) 'Religiöse Diversität und Sozialintegration im internationalen Vergleich.' KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 65 (S1). pp. 437-465. ISSN 0023-2653

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Following Robert D. Putnams (2007) thesis that ethnic diversity weakens social cohesion, this study addresses the social consequences of religious diversity. Instead of contrasting social-psychological mechanisms it takes a macro-sociological perspective that focuses on different structural forms of religious diversity and relates them to the trust relations within a population. The empirical results based on a cross-national comparison of 41 European and Non-European societies show that religious macro-structures are indeed related to social trust. But contrary to Putnam’s “hunkering down” thesis religious diversity does not lead to social anomia and isolation but has different effects on social trust toward religious in- and out-groups. Key is the result that different macro-structural forms of religious diversity have different consequences for social cohesion. The question, whether religious diversity poses a threat or opportunity for the social integration of society, therefore crucially depends on its concrete form.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religiöse Diversität, Religiöse Fraktionalisierung, Religiöse Polarisierung, Sozialintegration, Religious Diversity, Religious Fractionalization, Religious Polarization, Social Integration
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 12:05
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2022 00:32

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