Religion and Civil Society in Europe

  • Joep de Hart
  • Paul Dekker
  • Loek Halman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker, Loek Halman
    Pages 1-12
  3. Susanne Wallman Lundåsen, Lars Trägårdh
    Pages 109-124
  4. Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker
    Pages 169-188
  5. Mălina Voicu, Claudiu Tufiş
    Pages 203-217
  6. Olga Balakireva, Iuliia Sereda
    Pages 219-250
  7. Yilmaz Esmer
    Pages 267-284
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-312

About this book


Religion is back again in Europe after never having been gone. It is manifest in the revival of religious institutions and traditions in former communist countries, in political controversies about the relationship between the church(es) and the state and about the freedom of religion and the freedom to criticize religion, and in public unease about religious minorities. This book is about religion and civil society in Europe. It moves from general theoretical and normative approaches of this relationship, via the examination of national patterns of religion-state relations, to in-depth analyses of the impact of religion and secularization on the values, pro-social attitudes and civic engagement of individuals. It covers Europe from the Lutheran North to the Catholic South, and from the secularized West to the Orthodox East and Islamic South-East with comparative analyses and country studies, concluding with an overall Europe-USA comparison.    


Comeback of Religion in Europe Help and Helping by Religion and Non Religion Helping Values and Behavior across Europe History of Civil Society Islam and Civil Society Mediatization of Religion and Politics Political Participation of Muslims in Switzerland Religion and Civic Engagement in Europe Religion and Civic Engagement in the United States Religion and Civil Society Religion and Civil Society in Russia Religion and Morality in Contemporary Europe Religion in Italy Religion in Latin countries Religion in Postcommunist Europe Religion in Sweden Religion in Ukraine Social Trust in Sweden Spiritual Revolution in Denmark State and Civil Society in Europe The Dynamics of Civil Society Vitality of Religious Civil Society

Editors and affiliations

  • Joep de Hart
    • 1
  • Paul Dekker
    • 2
  • Loek Halman
    • 3
  1. 1.The Netherl. Inst. for Soc. Res. (SCP)The HagueNetherlands
  2. 2., Institute for Social Research (SCP)Tilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  3. 3.Department of SociologyTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands

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