Popular Religion in the Life of Students in Split

By Vlaho Kovačević, Lovre Bilić and Marin Spetič.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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The research on popular religion in the context of social and religious changes is based on the work of the well-known Croatian sociologist of religion, Željko Mardešić (writing under the pseudonym Jakov Jukić). According to Mardešić, it is historically possible to establish various reasons for the emergence of popular religion in the religious image of Croatia. Moreover, according to the same author, in Croatian society there are only four types of the emergence of popular religion, to be elaborated on further in the paper where upon applying the four types to the religious situation in the life of students studying at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Split. Reasonable interpretation and systematic understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the mentioned students is included in modern typological analysis of sociological understanding of the theory of popular religion. The research implies statistical differences among the four typological realities of popular religion in order to study the correlation of each type of popular religion with all the others. In the light of the above-mentioned introductory notes on the four typological realities of popular religion, the aim of this paper is two-fold: to show the current relevance of the issue on the nature of social and religious changes in Croatian society, approaching the discussion in a less usual way. In this way, not only is popular religion reflected in social events but the social events are reflected in religion. This will be supported by an innovative attempt to explain social and religious changes which, according to Jukić, are the reasons for the occurrence of popular religion in Croatia.

Keywords: Popular Religion, Typology, Social and Religious Changes

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.39-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 701.536KB)).

Dr. Vlaho Kovačević

Senior Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia

Lovre Bilić

Student Associate, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia

Marin Spetič

PhD Student, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia