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The Process of Secularisation in Spanish Society

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Author(s): Alfonso Pérez-Agote Poveda

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 77;
Start page: 65;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Spain | religion | immigration | secularisation

ABSTRACT
This article analyses the process of secularisation in Spain, primarily based on three interrelated social logics, the first two as result of historical processes and the third with a more recent point of departure: a) the logic of the secularisation of consciences; b) the logic of the secularisation of society and the State; and c) the logic that could be called the breaking up of cultural homogeneity, which started with the flow of transnational immigration that Spain began to receive very close to the end of the 20th century. For this, the author divides the process into three different waves of secularisation that go from the 19th century to the present day, and he demonstrates its evolution with statistics.
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