Les politiques territoriales du religieux. Médiations catholiques en Europe du Sud

Abstract : Against the background of a strong polarization of relationships between religion and politics, Southern European territories also experiment a more discrete, but structuring, Catholic repertoire of mediation. The social action from below led by those Catholic collectives with social sensitivity is grounded on a pragmatic approach of social work and can lead to differentiated forms of publicization. This research aims at understanding the political work performed by Catholic organizations, as welfare providers and advocacy platforms, and to measure its political impact in terms of legitimization and delegitimization, within and outside the Church. Catholic mobilizations are considered here in their relation with sociopolitical issues such as the search for economic alternatives, the fight against poverty and social exclusion, support to immigrants, and peace-making. Therefore, the Catholic mediation expresses itself through four repertoires of action: the entrepreneurial repertoire, the repertoire of subsidiarity, the repertoire of hospitality and the repertoire of peace. On each of these repertoires, the Catholic Church incidentally demonstrates its internal pluralism. Empirical evidence comes from a comparative qualitative research conducted in Italian, Spanish and French regions. This HDR thesis was achieved thanks to the support of the European Commission under a Marie Curie fellowship for career development - FP7 People 2010 IEF, which allowed a two-years stay at the European University Institute in Florence (2012-2013).
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Xabier Itçaina. Les politiques territoriales du religieux. Médiations catholiques en Europe du Sud. Science politique. Université de Bordeaux; Sciences Po Bordeaux, 2015. ⟨tel-01256268⟩

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