A secular religion within an atheist state: The case of afro-cuban religiosity and the cuban state

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Abstract

This chapter aims at shedding a comparative light between Afro-Cuban religiosity, secularism as a theory, and also Cuban revolutionary practice. The apparent paradox of how religious traditions can exhibit secular-friendly attitudes that may equal or, even, surpass those of the political regime it is surrounded by is the most immediate point of departure. I propose a broad distinction between “secularism-as-substance” and “secularity-as-a-relation” and argue that a “secular-friendly” environment is not necessarily the sole outcome of its most immediate actor, the state, and with overt ideological claims of sorts but may derive from other interacting agents, even religious ones. More crucially than “secularism-as-substance,” within the “space” of “secularity-as-a-relation,” a vital room of “indifference” is also necessary, and this may refer to both political and religious actors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecularisms in a Postsecular Age?
Subtitle of host publicationReligiosities and Subjectivities in Comparative Perspective
EditorsJ. Mapril, R. Blanes, E. Giumbelli, E Wilson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages39-65
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319437262
ISBN (Print)9783319437255
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Religious Practice
  • Agrarian Reform
  • State Affair
  • Cuban State
  • Revolutionary Regime

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