The theme of conversion constitutes a privileged point to study the framework linking an individual to the sociocultural contexts in which he or she is included. Changes in personal biographies and sociocultural change are interwoven when we speak of conversion: values, speech, norms, behaviors, beliefs, lifestyles, interests--everything is open to potential debate when an individual "converts." Conversion is especially developed here through a connection with the dynamics of pluralism, which appears to be the most peculiar cultural characteristic of our era: what does it mean to speak of "conversion" in a time in which it seems that the presumption of only one "true" truth no longer exists, while instead many different truths live together, each with its own judgment criteria.
Giuseppe Giordan received his Ph.D. in Social Sciences in 2002 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and is currently Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Padua. He is the author of several books in Italian and has edited
Vocation in Social Context, volume 14 in the
Religion and the Social Order series (Brill 2007).
Table of contents
Contributors include: Luigi Berzano, Anthony J. Blasi, Pierluigi Caddeo, Roberto Cipriani, Régis Dericquebourg, Stefano Federici, Kieran Flanagan, Kees de Groot, Eliana Martoglio, Patrick Michel, Roberto Motta, Enzo Pace, William H. Swatos, Jr., Francesco Valerio Tommasi, Sophie-Hélène Trigeaud, and Paul-André Turcotte.
Persons interested in processes of religious affiliation and dissafiliation, as well as intensification, in the present day. Attention focuses on historic religious traditions as well as new religions and post-modern spiritualities.