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'Secularization Accelerates: The Shift from Pro-fertility Norms to Individual-choice Norms' . Keynote Presentation by Ronald Inglehart

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The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research will hold an online session of the XXI April International Academic Conference. The seminar will feature a presentation 'Secularization Accelerates: The Shift from Pro-fertility Norms to Individual-choice Norms' by Ronald Inglehart, Chief Research Fellow at LCSR and Professor at the University of Michigan.

Abstract:

This workshop will be devoted to so-called “secularization thesis” which argued that religious beliefs would decline as scientific knowledge and rationality spread throughout the world. In 2004, Norris and Inglehart proposed an alternative to this version of secularization theory. According to them, insecure people need the predictability of traditional religion’s absolute rules, but that as survival becomes more secure, it reduces mass demand for religion. Professor Inglehart will demonstrate that in recent years, secularization has not only persisted, but accelerated in much of the world, largely because of two related cultural shifts: (1) Rising existential security brings declining demand for religion, because insecure people need the predictability and absolute rules of traditional religion.  But another factor is at least equally important:(2) A shift from Pro-fertility norms to Individual-choice norms. After an intergenerational time-lag, Pro-fertility Norms, emphasizing traditional gender roles and stigmatizing any sexual behavior not linked with reproduction, are giving way to Individual-Choice Norms supporting gender equality and tolerance of divorce, abortion and homosexuality. In most countries, this is eroding traditional religious worldviews that had endured for centuries. 

Working language is English.

A link to Zoom session is available upon request: contact Nikita Zubarev via nszubarev@edu.hse.ru. It is also highly recommended to install software in advance.

The April Conference has a YouTube channel with videos of past lectures and workshops, all of which are available via the following link