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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France$
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Kay Chadwick

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239741

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312779

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La sociologie religieuse du catholicisme français au vingtième siècle

La sociologie religieuse du catholicisme français au vingtième siècle

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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France

Yves-Marie Hilaire

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the religious sociology of Catholicism in twentieth-century France, with emphasis on how traditional Catholic observance waned considerably and numerous parishes became obsolete. It first looks at the pioneers of the history of religious sociology, including Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Gabriel Le Bras, as well as religious history and geosociography and the issue of de-Christianisation before considering the ebb and flow of religious practice within an overall general decline. The chapter then discusses some of the factors that influenced the level of religious practice across the century, from gender, age, and geographical location to various socio-historical events such as the emergence of an increasingly dominant secular climate and the aftermath of May 1968.

Keywords:   religious sociology, Catholicism, France, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Gabriel Le Bras, religious history, geosociography, de-Christianisation, religious practice

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