Secularism Soviet Style Secularism Soviet Style

Secularism Soviet Style Secularism Soviet Style : Teaching Atheism and Religion in a Volga Republic Teaching Atheism and Religion in a Volga Republic

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Sonja Luehrmann explores the Soviet atheist effort to build a society without gods or spirits and its afterlife in post-Soviet religious revival. Combining archival research on atheist propaganda of the 1960s and 1970s with ethnographic fieldwork in the autonomous republic of Marij El in Russia's Volga region, Luehrmann examines how secularist culture-building reshaped religious practice and interreligious relations. One of the most palpable legacies of atheist propaganda is a widespread didactic orientation among the population and a faith in standardized programs of personal transformation as solutions to wider social problems. This didactic trend has parallels in globalized forms of Protestantism and Islam but differs from older uses of religious knowledge in rural Russia. At a time when the secularist modernization projects of the 20th century are widely perceived to have failed, Secularism Soviet Style emphasizes the affinities and shared histories of religious and atheist mobilizations.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 292 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253005426
  • 9780253005427

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"Well conceived from start to finish and likely to become a benchmark inits field.... This deeply thoughtful book should appeal to a wide range of readers."-- Bruce Grant, New York University--Bruce Grant, New York Universityshow more

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