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Session 5

Establishing legitimacy and balancing expectations of immigrant religious organisations

Immigrant religious organisations face challenges to measure up as good as possible to the expectations of both their members and the societal environment in the country of residence. Notably, from a neo-institutional perspective societal expectations embody powerful institutional myths of a 'good' or 'appropriate' religion which create a pressure to conform to ideas of transparency, gender mainstreaming, and bureaucratic rationality. Satisfying the expectations of the logics of both members and the societal environment serves to establish and strengthen the legitimacy of an organisation.

On an empirical basis the session will discuss case studies of Bosnian mosque associations and Croatian Catholic parishes in Germany and Switzerland and ask among others: How do these religious organisations comply with the expectations of their members, their societal environment and transnational or ultra-montane religious authorities? And how do the organisations react to new queries from an emergent second generation and their expectations?

Contact person: Martin Baumann, martin.baumann@unilu.ch

Sidansvarig: Elin Widfeldt|Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-01-29
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