- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

The process by which religious institutions, creeds, beliefs, and practices lose their social significance.

Longer explanation

So what's happened to religion? Not that long ago we in the West were surrounded by all things religious, and in particular, all things Christian. At home we put up pictures of God, Christ and the Virgin Mary ...

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