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Eastern orthodoxy and Western secularisation in contemporary Europe (with special reference to the case of Greece)

Fokas, Effie (2012) Eastern orthodoxy and Western secularisation in contemporary Europe (with special reference to the case of Greece). Religion, State and Society, 40 (3-4). pp. 395-414. ISSN 0963-7494

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09637494.2012.754269

Abstract

This paper engages with an ongoing scholarly debate on where Orthodox Europe stands in relation to (Western) European secularisation. It navigates between perspectives presenting Orthodoxy as an exception to European secularisation on the one hand, and as an imminent participant in the secularisation process via integration into European institutions on the other. Focusing on the Greek case, the inquiry examines the extent to which 'Europe' (both culturally and politically) may be considered to have a secularising influence on Orthodox Greece. Rejecting narrow and linear conceptions of secularisation, the paper emphasises the dialectical, discursive nature of secularisation which precludes generalisations about either 'eastern' or 'western' secularisation, much less about their relation to one another.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/current
Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 14:39
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 04:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48198

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