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

Martínez-Ariño, J., García-Romeral, G., Ubasart-González, G. & Griera, M., 1-Mar-2015, In : Social Compass. 62 , 1 , p. 3-21 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Copy link to clipboard


  • Demonopolisation and dislocation

    Final publisher's version, 384 KB, PDF document

    Request copy


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
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Compass
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1-Mar-2015
Externally publishedYes

ID: 40848232