9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Education, Racism and Antisemitism Building II, C5.09

Multicultural Laicity and the Coexistence of Religious Identities: An Educational Experience

One of the consequences of the societal change which our societies have been undergoing is an increase in identity vindications. This requires spaces for daily interaction to be organised differently. Regarding to religious plurality in our countries we aim to go more in depth in the spaces which people share. This notion demands a complex intertwining of loyalties in which practices and dynamics are searched for which ensure that through dialogue and the recognition of the other person, shared rules of coexistence can be agreed upon. Even in Europe (where the process of modernisation has been linked to the process of secularisation) the existence and the boom of religious diversity, as Berger indicates, is already a reality. Actually, there is an extensive debate on the management of the plurality of identities in public spaces. However, according to religious diversity there is huge debate. The concept of multicultural laicity wants to contribute to the analysis and comprehension of the strategies and elements through which spaces are constructed supported by rules which are highly consensual, based on the freedom of individual choice and on the recognition of collective rights. In this sense, Schools are important spaces in which these challenges take shape. Is a space where is possible to conciliate equality with difference that it shows the educational experiences like Learning Communities.