Religious diversity

Gary Donald Bouma, Rodney Ian Ling

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This article on religious diversity questions the utility of the nation-state as the primary focus of the analysis of contemporary forms of this phenomenon, which is mostly global. Notwithstanding its increasingly complex nature, the discussion maintains that religious diversity offers the researcher a useful conceptual tool for examining how changes in religion impact on social life, and the converse. Religious diversity - differences within and between religious groups in a society - has re-entered the sociology of religion in new and powerful ways. Religious difference has become a factor in local and global conflicts and peace building.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion
EditorsPeter B Clarke
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages507 - 522
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577253
ISBN (Print)9780199279791
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2009


  • Global conflicts
  • Nation-state
  • Peace building
  • Religious diversity
  • Social life

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