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- Nagel, Alexander-Kenneth
- In this paper I examine how religious differences are articulated and dealt with in interreligious activities, such as joint prayers for peace, interfaith dialogue or open days. I assume that interreligious activities are an instrument for modern societies to govern and domesticate religious pluralization. In the conceptual part of the paper I combine elements from Symbolic Interactionism with social anthropological concepts of boundary work in order to understand the enactment of religious difference in organized forms of interreligious encounter: With reference to Erving Goffman I analyze interreligious activities as “interaction rituals” which ceremonialize the tension between transgression and maintenance of religious boundaries. In the empirical part of the paper I will draw from participant observation in 27 interreligious activities and elaborate seven ideal types of managing religious diversity and difference though symbolical interaction.
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- Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
- Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät ; Institut für Soziologie ; Abteilung III: Kultursoziologie