Special Issue "Religion, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: A Social Scientific Approach"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Giordan

FISPPA Department, University of Padova, Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2, 35122 Padova PD, Italy
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Interests: religious pluralism; religion and human rights; sociology of spirituality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scientific interest in the topic of religion and human rights is receiving increasing attention beyond the well-grounded legal and philosophical perspectives. During the last two decades, human rights came into the focus of political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists due to the varying policies of human rights application in different socio-political and cultural contexts. These disciplinary shifts towards human rights were accompanied by the introduction of public sociology (Burawoy 2005) with the ‘normative turn’ in sociological knowledge (Blau and Moncada 2009) and broader theoretical discussions on the relationship of religion and human rights (Banchoff and Wuthnow 2011; Joas 2013).

The aim of this issue is to present current theoretical approaches and empirical studies on religion and human rights from the social scientific perspective viewing religious freedom as one of the central element in this relationship. We firstly encourage contributors to address different ways to negotiate human rights principles and standards within religious traditions; and secondly to focus on models of religious governance implemented by the state.

This issue is also looking for papers exploring emerging agenda on human rights in socio-religious perspective, intersectionality of religious freedom with other rights, and analysis of different socio-political and cultural contexts under the condition of cultural and religious diversity affecting human rights regulations. 

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Giordan
Guest Editor

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  • religions and human rights
  • religious freedom
  • sociology of religion

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Open AccessArticle How Does the European Union Talk about Migrant Women and Religion? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Agenda on Migration of the European Union and the Case Study of Nigerian Women
Religions 2019, 10(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010027
Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 6 December 2018 / Accepted: 28 December 2018 / Published: 2 January 2019
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Women with different identity and migration origins represent one of the most significant groups in the migration flows of the Mediterranean in recent years and the intersection of their religious identity and gender has been often neglected in migration policies. The paper applies [...] Read more.
Women with different identity and migration origins represent one of the most significant groups in the migration flows of the Mediterranean in recent years and the intersection of their religious identity and gender has been often neglected in migration policies. The paper applies the method of Critical Frame Analysis (CFA) to analyze the ways in which European policy documents address the intersection between gender and religious diversity. Through the CFA, the article examines the European Agenda on Migration and the priorities identified in the text. The analysis of the document is based on recent case studies of trafficked Nigerian women, which provide examples of the dangerous invisibility of ethnic and religious women in the priorities highlighted in the policy document of the European Commission. The CFA results show that the European Agenda on Migration, in responding to the increased number of arriving migrants from Africa and in designing a new approach towards mixed migration flows, lacks any reference to the gender perspective of migration and gender mainstreaming is missing from the text. The neutrality of the document and the securitization frame applied does not take into perspective the importance of recognizing a gender and intersectional dimension of migration flows, which impacts primarily women coming from African countries beholding strong religious beliefs. Full article
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