SVIBOR - Project code: 5-12-234


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Project code: 5-12-234


Main researcher: BAHTIJAREVIĆ, ŠTEFICA (1521)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/95.

Papers on project (total): 56
Institution name: Institut za društvena istraživanja, Zagreb (100)
Department/Institute: Centre for Atheism and Religion Research
Address: Amruševa 11 i Trg kralja Tomislava 21
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0) 01 433 336, 431 879
Fax: 385 (0) 01 433 298

Summary: The aim of the project is to research and explain, in the most comprehensive, methodological and conceptually coherent manner, the religious situation obtaining in the Croatia of the 1990s. Using various quantitative and qualitative methods, data will be gathered which refers to sociographic indicators, sociological and psychological correlates and determinants in classic religiousness, indifference and atheism, secular religiousness and small religious communities. Mutual relations of these phenomena will also be investigated. Of particular importance is longitudinal research, i.e., the possibility to compare religious situations in the Zagreb region (as they existed) during the past two decades. Certain characteristic processes within a particular Church, with special emphasis on Catholicism and small religious communities, including acceptance of their dogmatic systems, will be studied. Critical analysis of existing theoretical orientations and methodologies is designed to achieve an approach to religion and atheism that would be able to research and explain the phenomena in question as comprehensively as possible.

Keywords: religious situation, social changes, religiousness, nonreligiousness, atheism, indifference, secular religiousness, small religious communities, Church trends, dialogue, aspects of religion, secularization, religious revival, Marxism, humanism, theories of religion, methodological approach

Research goals: The aim of the proposed project is to obtain empirical andtheoretical knowledge regarding the religious situation in the Croatia of the 1990s that is as comprehensive as possible. Specific targets: 1) to define the distribution, structure and forms of traditionalreligions; all forms of divorce, separation and alienation fromit (indecision, indifference, nonreligiousness, atheism) as wellas of secular forms of religiousness; 2) to define the social and psychological correlates anddeterminants of traditional and secular religiousness (as well asall forms of divorce and detachments from it); to define therelations between secular and traditional forms of religiousness; 3) to define changes (third research in the past two decades) inthe religious situation in the Zagreb region; 4) to study certain trends (at the level of doctrine and itsacceptance) within the post-Council Church in Croatia and within Zagreb's small religious communities; 5) to determine the sociographic indicators andsocio-psychological correlates of congregations with small religious communities in urban conditions; 6) to undertake critical valorization of the theoretical and methodological approaches to religion and atheism in the world aswell as in Croatia in order to establish the level at which existing theories (and alienations) can be productive in both the research and explanation of those phenomena. From the scientific aspect this is a precondition for the further development of thesociology of religion and will contribute to the advance of fundamental knowledge about social consciousness and the socialprocesses faced with changes now taking place within our society. Specific result: publication of two Doctoral theses.

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Last update: 10/09/95