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The Visual Du Jour – Religious Conflict

November 11, 2010 by and tagged ,

Via The Pew Research Center:

And restrictions by region:

Nice graphs but they lack some crucial information (which would probably have to be plotted differently, for sure) regarding which religion is dominant in which countries and the state of minority religions. The government might not be the most hostile entity to religious minorities, but rather other private religious groups (as in the US, for instance). Or restrictions might be in place as a democratic protection FROM religion in the public sphere. Also, there might be low levels of government restrictions in religion when religion is itself embedded in government. In other words, there are more ways that religious restrictions and social hostilities can be configured.

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One Response to “The Visual Du Jour – Religious Conflict”

  1.   ashkuff Says:

    Question! In the first visualization, I wonder how they quantified “social hostilities?” If the degree of hostility was described by each individual government, then it only reflects the amount of social hostility initially reported to those governments by their citizen societies. And, in many cases, much hostility goes unreported because of face-saving values. Furthermore, while a loud angry crowd might seem “hostile” in some national cultures, others might see it as a healthy exercise of free speech. [shrugs to self]

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