Étudiant-chercheur étoile January 2017

Jean-François Laniel

PhD student in Sociology
Université du Québec à Montréal

Award-winning publication: What ‘cultural religion' says about secularization and national identity: A neglected religio-political configuration

Published in: Social Compass, vol. 63, no 3, 2016, p. 372-388



Jean-François Laniel's paper explores how Québecers and Europeans relate to Christianity and, more specifically, to cultural religion or the use of religion beyond faith—a phenomenon that impacts contemporary scientific and political debates in Québec and abroad. In a time of ethno-religious pluralism and requests for recognition and accommodation, it is important to understand the religious universe of the cultural majority and especially the sociohistorical construct of its concept of the religion and its place in society. The study of cultural religion makes it possible to explain the political paradox of many groups in North America and Europe that profess their cultural and heritage attachment to Christianity but shun public expressions of religion.