Editorial: Religion and Society

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Johannes Andreas Smit

Abstract

The rising significance of the focus on scholarly discourse development on
‘religion and society’ is evident from a number of recent initiatives. For
instance, the Religion and Society Programme is a £12m research initiative
funded by UK research councils between 2007-2013. To this we can add the
growing significance of the Journal of Religion and Society published by
Berghahn Journals in both Oxford and New York, the Encyclopedia of
Religion and Society of the American Academy of Religion, and the fact that
we shall have a fourth international conference on Religion and Spirituality
in Society in 2014 at the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica Heredia. The
founding of programmes for postgraduate research (University of Aberdeen
for instance), and research Centers for Religion and Society at universities
(Notre Dame University, US; Victoria University; and University of Western
Sydney Australia are examples) also speak to this fact. This can rightly be
termed a renewed interest for scholarship in the New Millennium. This is
also borne out by the seminal book, borne out by the seminal book edited by
Gerrie ter Haar and Yoshio Tsuruoka in 2007, viz. Religion and Society: An
Agenda for the 21st Century (2007).

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Smit, J. (2013). Editorial: Religion and Society. Alternation Journal, (11), 1-9. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/400
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Johannes Andreas Smit, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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