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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Why Didn't Religion Disappear? Re-examining the Secularization Thesis1
Why didn't religion disappear? Re-examining the secularization thesis
RonaldInglehart and PippaNorris

The publics of virtually all advanced industrial societies have been moving toward more secular orientations since the 19th century. Nevertheless, the world as a whole now has more people with traditional religious views than ever before – and they constitute a growing proportion of the world's population. These two seemingly contradictory claims are actually closely related, because secularization is linked with steeply declining human fertility rates, so that virtually all rich, secularized countries are now below the population-replacement level. Another reason that religion has not disappeared is that since about 1990, subjective religiosity seems to have stopped declining in advanced industrial societies and a broader type of spiritual ...

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