Encyclopedia of Religion
and Society

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(1945-) Professor of Sociology of Religion, Third University of Rome. Successively Secretary and President of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion), International Sociological Association (1986-1994).

Cipriani has written or edited more than 20 books and more than 200 articles. He has written extensively on popular religion, the sacred and secularization, and has coined the concept of "diffused religion"a pervasive and persistent religiosity diffused throughout the population by primary and secondary socialization, which is periodically revitalized by the cycle of the Christian calendar. Recently, he has been especially interested in the persistence of values traditionally linked to Christianity that are becoming increasingly independent of it.

Karel Dobbelaere


Il Cristo rosso (Roma: Ianua, 1985); " 'Diffused Religion' and New Values in Italy," in The Changing Face of Religion , ed. J. A. Beckford and T. Luckmann (London: Sage, 1989): 24-48

La religione dei valori (Caltanissetta-Roma: Sciascia, 1992).


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