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New social demands and practices of harmonization of religious diversity in the local and regional public space: good practices of accommodation of religious minorities from the Quebec experience PDF Print E-mail
New social demands and practices of harmonization of religious diversity in the local and regional public space: good practices of accommodation of religious minorities from the Quebec experience

Financing: MICINN (Ref. CSO2011-24804)

Main Researcher: Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez, Director of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute

Summary:
The main purpose of this project is to contribute good practices and proposals for social, institutional or regulatory adaptations to lead to better management of religious diversity. The project is based on the experience and results obtained within the framework of the previous project "Religious diversity in the Basque Country: new social and cultural challenges for the public policies”, which identified the different religious minority communities in the Basque Autonomous Community.  This new project focuses on more in-depth study with a view to completing the work which had been begun. It aims to systematise the main demands for adaptation posed by the different religious communities and the real or potential conflicts that this new religious diversity presents in the local and regional scopes.
Special attention will be devoted to the Canadian experience, especially in Quebec.

The project seeks to offer answers to Spanish society's real or potential problems from a pluridisciplinary perspective. This field is lacking in studies, proposals and comparative analyses with other societies in which experiments with certain public intervention models for religious pluralism have been relatively successful.

General aims:
-Describe and systematise the social and institutional demands posed by minority religious communities in public spaces at the local and regional levels. Identify the main current and possible future conflicts between their members’ exercise of religious freedom and the regulatory and institutional framework now in force.
-Study the use of good religious diversity harmonisation practices used in Canada, achieved through reasonable adaptation and agreed adjustments. Study the possibilities of transferring these good practices to our case.
-Formulate specific proposals for appropriate institutional arrangements or development of good practices concerning the demands of minority religious groups or the social conflicts these could eventually pose.