Normative conflicts center on fundamental disagreements over issues of public morality and the identity of a society. In thinking about normative conflicts on a global scale, two principal questions arise. First, are there common characteristics of such conflicts worldwide? Second, which institutions polarize such conflicts and which can serve to mediate them? This pathbreaking book, edited by renowned sociologist Peter Berger, examines both questions through findings gained from a study of normative conflicts in eleven societies located in different parts of the world and at different levels of economic development.On both points, the findings have proved surprising. Although there are, of course, normative conflicts peculiar to individual societies, two features emerged as common to most of the societies examined: one concerns disputes over the place of religion in the state and in public life; the other is a clash of values between a cultural elite and the broad masses of the population. Often the two features coincide. For instance, in many countries the elite is the least religious group within the population, and therefore, resentments against the elite are often mobilized under religious banners.On the institutional question, the study started out with a bias toward the institutions of so-called "civil society"--that is, the institutions that stand between the personal life of individuals and the vast mega-structures of a modern society. The finding is that the same institutions can either polarize or mediate normative conflicts. The conclusion suggests one must ask not just what sort of institutions one looks to for social cohesion, but what ideas and values inspire these institutions.Comprising reports from some of the leading scholars dealing with normative conflict, this book is an important contribution to understanding the cultural fault lines that threaten social cohesion.
* Preface Werner Weidenfeld. * Preface Ricardo Dez-Hochleitner. * Introduction Volker Then. * The American Culture War James Davison Hunter. * The Past in the Present: Redefining Lacit in Multicultural France Danile Hervieu-Lger. * Normative Conflicts in Germany: Basic Consensus, Changing Values, and Social Movements Franz-Xaver Kaufmann. * Uncertain Ghosts: Populists and Urbans in Postcommunist Hungary Jnos Mtys Kovcs. * Revolution from the Top and Horizontal Mediation: The Case of Chiles Transition to Democracy Arturo Fontaine Talavera. * South Africa: Normative Conflicts, Social Cohesion, and Mediating Institutions Ann Bernstein. * Some Notes on Normative Conflicts in Turkey Serif Mardin. * Islamic Tolerance: The Struggle for a Pluralist Ethics in Contemporary Indonesia Robert W. Hefner. * The Conflict of Norms and Values in Contemporary Indian Society Andr Bteille. * Normative Conflicts in Japan Seizaburo Sato. * Normative Conflicts in Contemporary Taiwan Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao. * Conclusion: General Observations on Normative Conflicts and Mediation Peter L. Berger.
Number Of Pages: 419
Published: 14th May 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1