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Religion in the Public Sphere

Canadian Case Studies

edited by Solange Lefebvre & Lori G. Beaman

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
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The place of religion in the public realm is the subject of frequent and lively debate in the media, among academics and policymakers, and within communities. With this edited collection, Solange Lefebvre and Lori G. Beaman bring together a series of case studies of religious groups and practices from all across Canada that re-examine and question the classic distinction between the public and private spheres.

Religion in the Public Sphere explores the public image of religious groups, legal issues relating to “reasonable accommodations,” and the role of religion in public services and institutions like health care and education. Offering a wide range of contributions from religious studies, political science, theology, and law, Religion in the Public Sphere presents emerging new models to explain contemporary relations between religion, civil society, the private sector, family, and the state.

About the authors

Solange Lefebvre is a professor and the Chair of Religion, Culture, and Society in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Université de Montréal.

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Lori G. Beaman is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Religion and Diversity Project. She is also a Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

‘Characterized by fine scholarship, this book will be useful to many interested in issues of religion in the public sphere.’

Choice vol 52:03:2014

‘A very worthwhile book which should be widely read.’

British Journal of Canadian Studies vol 29:02:2016

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