Demonopolisation and dislocation: (Re-)negotiating the place and role of religion in Spanish prisons

Julia Martínez-Ariño, Gloria García-Romeral, Gemma Ubasart-González, Mar Griera

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© The Author(s) 2015 The aim of this paper is to analyse the reformulation of the place and role of religion in Spanish public institutions after the constitutional disestablishment of the Catholic Church and religious diversification of society. Drawing upon qualitative fieldwork in six Spanish prisons, we argue that there is a process of the realignment of forces between the religious groups that provide services in such institutions, the Catholic Church adopting an attitude in between adaptation and subtle resistance to the loss of a number of its previous prerogatives. This incomplete demonopolisation of public organisations can be explained as the result of two opposing forces: (a) convergence towards the European standards of accommodation of religious diversity; and (b) Catholic resistance to the loss of established advantages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
JournalSocial Compass
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • demonopolisation
  • diversité religieuse
  • démonopolisation
  • Espagne
  • prisons
  • religious diversity
  • secularisation
  • Spain
  • sécularisation


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