More documents from Zavala-Pelayo, Edgar; Góngora-Mera, Manuel
More documents from Social Inclusion

Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Secularities, Diversities and Pluralities: Understanding the Challenges of Religious Diversity in Latin America

[journal article]

Zavala-Pelayo, Edgar; Góngora-Mera, Manuel

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(external source)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:

Further Details
Abstract Latin America is experiencing today the greatest religious diversity in its entire history. However, it must also be noted that a large number of the growing religious minorities may be classified into types of Christianity with conservative overtones. In this paper we will suggest that the literature streams on multiple secularities in contemporary (Western) societies and religious diversity in Latin America do offer insightful perspectives yet fail to adequately convey the challenges raised by the religious across contemporary Latin America. Addressing Latin America’s historical background, we will distinguish conceptually and empirically among different degrees of secularities, diversities and pluralities and will construct with these distinctions a descriptive-normative model that can guide future analyses of secular and religious phenomena in Latin America. It is only through a comprehensive understanding of diversities, pluralities and secularities that the debates on those human rights crucial for social inclusion—from sexual and reproductive rights to gender and religious equality—can be fruitfully conducted in and beyond Latin America. (author's abstract)
Keywords Latin America; religion; religious community; religious group; religious policy; secularization; cultural diversity; value; social norm; historical development; social integration; cultural identity; inclusion
Classification Sociology of Religion; Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 65-76
Journal Social Inclusion, 4 (2016) 2
Issue topic Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion
ISSN 2183-2803
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works