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A History of Religion, State & Society in Ten Articles

To celebrate our fiftieth volume of Religion, State & Society we have selected ten significant articles from across the journal’s history.  These ten articles have been made free to access for the duration of 2022.

These ten articles tell a story of the journal’s history from its founding as Religion in Communist Lands (RCL) in 1973, to its change into Religion, State & Society (RSS) in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union, and to its continued geographical expansion and diversification as a global journal of religion, politics, and social science today. 

To make these article selections, we consulted with our Editorial Board and scoured the journal archives.  Our selection criteria were: coverage across every decade of the journal’s life; choosing pieces of substantial influence that are not already Open Access or free to access; and representing the journal’s wide diversity of authors, geographies, and approaches. 

Each of these articles generated much conversation when it was published. We hope that by opening them for free access these conversations will continue.  In that spirit, we will release a series of podcasts in 2022 building on articles included here.

Religion, State & Society is a leading authoritative multidisciplinary journal focusing on the interplay between religion and political and social theory and practice. The aim of the journal is to provide a site for cross-fertilisation among disciplines and perspectives on issues of current concern and to set them in their appropriate historical context. The journal encourages a comparative approach, with the intention of examining similarities and differences in the experiences of countries, regions and religions, in stability or in transition.

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