Socialist religion and the emergence of occultism: a genealogical approach to socialism and secularization in 19th-century France

  title={Socialist religion and the emergence of occultism: a genealogical approach to socialism and secularization in 19th-century France},
  author={Julian Strube},
  pages={359 - 388}
  • J. Strube
  • Published 29 March 2016
  • Sociology
  • Religion
It is often assumed that the history of 19th-century France was determined by a struggle between anti-religious progressive reformers and Catholic reactionaries, culminating in laïcité. In this process, the role of socialism as a secular force is usually taken for granted. This article will argue that a more complex approach to socialism can contribute to a better understanding of secularization and the emergence of “modern” forms of religion. Firstly, it will be discussed that pre-1848 social… 
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