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Restricted religion : compliance, vicariousness, and authority during the Corona pandemic in Switzerland


Bawidamann, Loic; Peter, Laura Vanessa; Walthert, Rafael (2020). Restricted religion : compliance, vicariousness, and authority during the Corona pandemic in Switzerland. European Societies:1-21.

Abstract

The wide-reaching government restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 are compelling religious communities in Switzerland to modify their ritual practice in order to comply with the state's stipulations. With a focus on religious authority following Bourdieu, this paper researches the ritual modifications in the Roman Catholic Church and an Islamic organisation via the three categories of change, shift, and cancellation. Modifications were implemented to avoid the cancellation of public rituals which highlights their importance. As it finally became inevitable, the decision-makers within the two communities were confronted with the need to justify their compliance to state rules within the community and towards the secular outside world. This paper shows that the constitution of religious authority in response to ritual restrictions is dependent on the degree of establishment within the societal context and the division of religious labour in the community.

Abstract

The wide-reaching government restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 are compelling religious communities in Switzerland to modify their ritual practice in order to comply with the state's stipulations. With a focus on religious authority following Bourdieu, this paper researches the ritual modifications in the Roman Catholic Church and an Islamic organisation via the three categories of change, shift, and cancellation. Modifications were implemented to avoid the cancellation of public rituals which highlights their importance. As it finally became inevitable, the decision-makers within the two communities were confronted with the need to justify their compliance to state rules within the community and towards the secular outside world. This paper shows that the constitution of religious authority in response to ritual restrictions is dependent on the degree of establishment within the societal context and the division of religious labour in the community.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Demography
Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Language:English
Date:27 October 2020
Deposited On:10 Feb 2021 08:28
Last Modified:14 Feb 2021 08:58
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1461-6696
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/14616696.2020.1833068
Official URL:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14616696.2020.1833068?needAccess=true
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/reus20

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