Cognitive Minorities in Leipzig and Dallas

The objective of this research project is to ascertain – by means of a comparative analysis of ‘cognitive minorities’ – how people maintain a view of the world that deviates significantly from the one generally taken for granted in their social environment. Using a complementary research design the project aims to reconstruct how a distinctive group of religious believers (Evangelical Protestants) in a strongly secular city (Leipzig) defines its reality and how this is done by a group of skeptics and seekers (Unitarians) in a city characterized by evangelical spirituality (Dallas).

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): Oct. 2017 to Mar 2022.

NEW PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH

Knoblauch, Hubert/ Steets, Silke (2018): Sacred Canopies and Invisible Religions: The Dialectical Construction of Religion in Berger and Luckmann. In: Hjelm, Titus (Ed.): Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion: 50 Years After The Sacred Canopy. London/New York, Bloomsbury, pp. 85–101.

Berking, Helmuth/ Schwenk, Jochen/ Steets, Silke (eds.) (2018): Religious Pluralism and the City: Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism. London/New York, Bloomsbury.

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