Otto Maduro (1945–2013) was a sociologist and a philosopher who developed theories and epistemologies on religion from a Latin American perspective. His focus on social conflict as a key dimension in the production and reproduction of symbolic practices and representations was his great contribution to sociology of religion.

Maduro’s theoretical approach combines an ethical and a liberationist perspective in philosophy of religion with a revised version of Marxist, Latin American sociology. An immensely productive scholar, he held two MAs and a PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium, 1977) and was a professor of World Christianity at Drew University’s Theological School from 1992. Five of his books and more than a hundred papers were published in a dozen languages in five continents. He was ...

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