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open-access-imgOpen AccessThe role of the religion in the identity of Serbia’s citizens between personal choices and collective images - Serbian population of Sjenica and Pester region
Ana Pavicevic
Publication year2012
Publication title
zbornik matice srpske za društvene nauke
Resource typeJournals
PublisherNational Library of Serbia
In this paper, some aspects of current transitional processes in Serbian society are considered. In the public speech of Serbian political and intellectual elite, religion, religiosity and public and social engagement of religious institutions are emphasized as one of the key problems and obstacles for democratization processes. They are also observed as obstacle in creating multicultural and pluralistic society. In order to outline unsustainability of such an attitudes, in this article we analyze their bases: overlooking of dogmatic principles of certain religious systems and experiences of local religion communities; lack of insight in the real role that religion has in the life of individual and communities; implicit and militant secularism, which is applied as absolute model, without attempt to be adjusted to local cultural and historical specifics; politization of concept of pluralism which overview its basically philosophical and ontological nature. Real role of religion in the identity of Serbia’s citizens is shown through results of researching conducted among Serbian population in Sjenica and Pešter region. This article shows that in the democratization processes in Serbia, all relevant social, cultural and historical factors must be taken into consideration. It is also stretched that pluralistic society cannot be based at the negation of any community, institution or value system they are based on. Serbia’s citizen’s religiosity does not represent the obstacle for creating modern European state. The obstacles on this road, hidden behind different and imagined collective identities, lay in inability of the state administration to provide consistent legal system in which all citizens would enjoy equal protection. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 177028
Subject(s)democracy , democratization , demography , epistemology , law , linguistics , multiculturalism , philosophy , pluralism (philosophy) , political science , politics , population , radicalization , religiosity , religious identity , serbian , social science , sociology , sociology of religion

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