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Xenosophia and Religion. Biographical and Statistical Paths for a Culture of Welcome


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This book documents the current polarization in Germany regarding the issue of refugee immigration. It presents quantitative estimates for both xenophobia and xenophilia in the German population, including short-time changes. The book suggests a conceptual change of perspectives. It focuses not only on the pathogenic model that accounts for outcomes such as xenophobia, Islamophobia and other forms of (inter-religious) prejudice, but on a salutogenic model. In the book's view, the salutogenic model entails xenosophia: the wisdom, creativity and inspiration that emerges from the encounter with the strange and the strange religion. The book addresses individual dispositions, which may lead to xenophobia or xenosophia, and takes into account predictors such as religiosity, religious schemata, value preferences, tolerance of complexity, and violence legitimizing norms of masculinity. A selection of case studies present typical biographical trajectories toward xenosophia.

Author Biography

Heinz Streib (M.A. 1977, Tubingen University; Ph.D. 1989, Emory University, Habilitation 1995, Frankfurt University) is Senior Professor at Bielefeld University. He has established the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion at the University of Bielefeld and has conducted there a series of empirical studies. Streib's major third-party funded research projects are the following: Fundamentalist Biographies (1996-1998, for an Enquete Commission of the German Parliament); Varieties of Deconversion in the USA and Germany (2002-2005); Semantics and psychology of "spirituality" in Germany and the USA (2009-2012); Xenosophia and Religion in Germany (2011-2015); Longitudinal research on religious development with the Faith Development Interview as key instrument (current). Key research interests include: Theory and longitudinal research in religious development in terms of religious styles and schemata; violence and inter-religious prejudice in Europe; Children's and adolescents' readiness for mediation. Constantin Klein (Dipl.-Psych. 2003, Leipzig University; Dipl.-Theol. 2004, Leipzig University; Ph.D. 2013, Bielefeld University) is Professor for Spiritual Care at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munchen. Between 2009 and 2017, Klein was scientific assistant at Bielefeld University and associated with the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion. Klein was primary researcher for the research project "Xenosophia and Religion in Germany" (2011-2015), the results of which are presented in this volume. Key research interests include: Theory and research in the psychology of religion; violence and inter-religious prejudice in Europe; spiritual care.
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December 22nd, 2018
Edited by Constantin Klein Edited by Heinz Streib
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Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
41 Illustrations, color; 28 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 392 p. 69 illus., 41 illus. in color.
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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