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Talcott Parsons and the enigma of secularization

Raf Vanderstraeten UGent (2013) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY. 16(1). p.69-84
abstract
During the last ten or fifteen years of his life, Talcott Parsons (1902-79) discussed religion and secularization in a number of papers and essays. This work was left unfinished; in the last book that he saw into print, Parsons depicted these papers and essays as work-in-progress. This article focuses on Parsons' approach to secularization in this late work. Building upon his AGIL-scheme, Parsons analyzed the relation between processes of inclusion and increasing differentiation, on the one hand, and secularization at the value-oriented level, on the other. This article presents a reconstruction and an immanent critique of Parsons' approach, which highlights both its possibilities and its limitations in order to contribute to the development of a contemporary social theory of secularization and religious change.
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published
subject
keyword
differentiation, RELIGION, inclusion, Talcott Parsons, religion, secularization, value generalization
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY
Eur. J. Soc. Theory
volume
16
issue
1
pages
69 - 84
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000313811900005
JCR category
SOCIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
0.593 (2013)
JCR rank
93/138 (2013)
JCR quartile
3 (2013)
ISSN
1368-4310
DOI
10.1177/1368431012449236
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2957838
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2957838
date created
2012-07-07 11:27:09
date last changed
2013-02-25 15:21:13
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  abstract     = {During the last ten or fifteen years of his life, Talcott Parsons (1902-79) discussed religion and secularization in a number of papers and essays. This work was left unfinished; in the last book that he saw into print, Parsons depicted these papers and essays as work-in-progress. This article focuses on Parsons' approach to secularization in this late work. Building upon his AGIL-scheme, Parsons analyzed the relation between processes of inclusion and increasing differentiation, on the one hand, and secularization at the value-oriented level, on the other. This article presents a reconstruction and an immanent critique of Parsons' approach, which highlights both its possibilities and its limitations in order to contribute to the development of a contemporary social theory of secularization and religious change.},
  author       = {Vanderstraeten, Raf},
  issn         = {1368-4310},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY},
  keyword      = {differentiation,RELIGION,inclusion,Talcott Parsons,religion,secularization,value generalization},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {69--84},
  title        = {Talcott Parsons and the enigma of secularization},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368431012449236},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Vanderstraeten, Raf. 2013. “Talcott Parsons and the Enigma of Secularization.” European Journal of Social Theory 16 (1): 69–84.
APA
Vanderstraeten, R. (2013). Talcott Parsons and the enigma of secularization. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY, 16(1), 69–84.
Vancouver
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Vanderstraeten R. Talcott Parsons and the enigma of secularization. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY. 2013;16(1):69–84.
MLA
Vanderstraeten, Raf. “Talcott Parsons and the Enigma of Secularization.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL THEORY 16.1 (2013): 69–84. Print.