Social Policy and Religion


Series: Applied Social Studies – Recent Developments, International and Comparative Perspectives
BISAC: SOC039000

Today’s society is marked by a fundamental ambiguity: On the one hand, we find the loss in old values and systems, in particular, what is called secularization, and the loss of the stronghold of religious institutions. However, at the same time, we find the opposite: rather than the loss of confidence in religion, the loss of confidence in citizenship and the institutions of the welfare state.

As a conservative answer, policies based on family and religion are constructed and offered as new doctrines as well as for new social policies. The borders between different traditional positions are blurred in this process: conservative and progressive positions claim the turn to communitarian values. This book is a valuable contribution to current debates, looking at the background of faith systems, their understanding and claims, and the limitations in answering the challenges of modernizing societies. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Human Rights – Good Will Hunting vs. Taking Position
(Peter Herrmann)

Chapter 2: Social Conflict between State and Community: The Revival of Jewish Community in Israel
(Yitzhak Berman)

Chapter3: The Australian Nation State: Managing Multifaith Relations in a Globalised Era
(Hurriyet Babacan/Alperhan Babacan)

Chapter 4: Church and Religious Communities in Europe: Their Contribution to the Cohesion of European Union
(Marco Ricceri)

Chapter 5: Integration and Representation of Islam in Austria and Germany
(Zeynep Sezgin/Kerstin Rosenow-Williams)

Chapter 6: Ottoman Legacy among Turkish Immigrants in Western Europe
(Ahmet Yukleyen)

Chapter 7: Islam, Conflict, and Integration: Turkish Religious Associations in Germany
(Gökçe Yurdakul and Ahmet Yükleyen)

Chapter 8: A New but Old Partner in the Provision of Social Welfare: Faith Based Organizations in Britain and Turkey
(Ipek Göçmen)

List of Contributors


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