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The lure of Luhmann: a systems theory of law and religion

Sandberg, Russell ORCID: 2019. The lure of Luhmann: a systems theory of law and religion. Sandberg, Russell, Doe, Norman, Kane, Bronach and Roberts, Caroline, eds. Research Handbook on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law and Religion, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 221-242.

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This chapter explores the work of Niklas Luhmann who identified law and religion as two social systems. Bringing together his work on law and religion for the first time, this chapter develops a sociological theory of law and religion. Developing new concepts and theorises deriving from but refining social systems theory, it is proposed that religious legal systems should be defined and understood as social systems in their own right and that the way in which law represents religion has changed from what I call here as ‘Tolerated Secularism’ to ‘Multicultural Juridification’, a representation which is now itself being challenged.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781784714840
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 07:07

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