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There Is a Secret Connection. The Religiosity of Young People as an Indicator of Social and Religious Change


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The paper actualizes the question of interpretation of
religious and social changes in the period of Communism,
which has become essential for the understanding of current
social processes. This interpretation is based on differences
in the social and religious development of Slovenia and
Hungary on the one hand, and Croatia on the other. The
Slovenian and Hungarian examples are particularly relevant
because in these countries the process of de-Christianization
has quite clearly (in an empirically recognizable way) ended in 1978. Such a course of events is explained by the
Hungarian sociologist Miklos Tomka through the process of
institutional anomy and concepts of a strong and weak
society, and not the concepts of modernization, structural
differentiation and secularization. Thus in the following
period of development (after 1978) the revitalization of
religion is seen as the key point of the regeneration of
society. This paper discusses to what extent and in which way
such a viewpoint can be applied to Croatia. Within this
framework an especially interesting fact is that in Croatia the
growth of religiosity has primarily been registered in young
people, i.e. this category has proven the most "unstable" one
concerning the relation towards religiosity. This indicates
problems of social regeneration in Croatia in the eighties,
which can then be linked to the social situation in the post-
Communist period. Therefore, in the end, based on a
thorough analysis, the author discusses the current and
possible future specific characteristics of Croatia's religious

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