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Religious plurality in Germany: attitudes and their determining factors

Authors and Corporations: Pickel, Gert, Yendell, Alexander
Title Statement: Religious plurality in Germany: attitudes and their determining factors
Type of Resource: E-Book Component Part
Online-Ausg.. 2017
Series: ; Vielfalt und Zusammenhalt : Verhandlungen des 36. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bochum und Dortmund 2012 / hrsg. in deren Auftrag von Martina Löw. - Frankfurt am Main : Campus Verlag, 2014. - S. 247-264
Abstract: Germany is presently transforming into a modern immigration state, leaving behind its image of a “guest worker” country. Parallely, it is confronted with growing religious plurality and rising religious conflicts. Moreover, religious labeling of groups other than the Christian or undenominational majority population becomes more significant. Against this background, the paper discusses the views of the population in Germany towards religious plurality, practices of religious minorities as well as attitudes towards members of different religious groups. The results reveal a considerable amount of negative attitudes towards foreign religious groups in Germany. More specifically, Islam and Muslims are mostly viewed as negative by the German population. Structural equation models with manifest variables show that, in particular, the frequency of contacts have positive impacts on attitudes towards people of different religious affiliations.