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The recognition of religion in public spaces

Thompson, Simon


Simon Thompson
Associate Professor in Political Theory


Maijastina Kahlos

Heikki Koskinen

Ritva Palm�n


In this chapter, I consider the ways in which religion is recognized in contemporary societies, and also to think how it should be recognized. I focus on just one aspect of this very large and complex topic – namely the recognition of religion specifically in public spaces. I ask if, and, if so, then to what extent, individuals and groups may reasonably expect to be able to manifest their religious identities in such spaces. I conclude that it is only by understanding what public space is like that we can draw any clear conclusions about the nature and extent of the rights which individuals should have to access and make use of that space.


Thompson, S. (2019). The recognition of religion in public spaces. In M. Kahlos, H. Koskinen, & R. Palmén (Eds.), Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Studies. London: Routledge

Publication Date Feb 28, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
Book Title Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Studies
ISBN 9780367133597
Keywords recognition, religion
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