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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2014 PSR Special Issue “A Religious Society? Advancing the Sociology of Religion in the Philippines”


The sociology of religion as a research interest has seen a resurgence in recent years. Challenging the assumptions of secularization theory, many commentators (including Peter Berger, Jose Casanova, Grace Davie, Linda Woodhead, and Anthony Giddens) have pondered on the continuing prominence of religion in everyday life and the public sphere. In the Philippines, however, the sociology of religion as a research interest remains underdeveloped. This is a curious situation given that private and public expressions of religiosity have not generally diminished and that the State is expected to be secular. In this sense, the Philippines still remains a religious society. The continuing influence of religion in the Philippines presents new opportunities for sociologists to engage the literature and public discourse.

The overall goal of this special issue of the Philippine Sociological Review is to gather cutting-edge studies that advance sociological perspectives in approaching contemporary religion. We are interested in a wide array of recently conducted empirical studies (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) that interrogate expressions of religion at different levels: individual, organizational, or societal. These studies should tackle relevant theoretical themes in the hope of challenging them and presenting more viable and grounded analyses. We envision this special issue to carve a niche for sociologists to consider religion a worthwhile phenomenon to study in Philippine society. In so doing, the special issue aims to render the sociology of religion an indispensable field of research and analysis in academia and the public sphere.

Themes we have identified include but are not limited to the following:

  • Theory and methodology in the study of religion
  • Church-State relations
  • Religion and public policy
  • Spirituality and popular religion
  • Secularization and secularism
  • Atheism and non-religion
  • Everyday religion
  • Religion and youth
  • Religion and education
  • Religion and gender
  • Religious leadership

Issue Editors: Manuel Victor J. Sapitula and Jayeel Serrano Cornelio

Standard length of manuscripts is 7,000 words but shorter or longer contributions may be considered. Research notes and book reviews are also welcome. Authors should remove any phrase or statement that would identify them in the manuscript.

The manuscript will undergo double-blind peer review.

Submissions must include:
• An abstract of 150-250 words summarizing the findings and arguments of the article; and
• A separate title page with the author’s name, affiliation(s) and contact addresses
Technical requirements
• Manuscripts must be electronically prepared using Microsoft Word 2007 or compatible text format
• Text should be double-spaced and in Times New Roman, 12-point font size
• Margins should be one inch on all four sides
• Page numbers must be supplied at the bottom of the page
• Submissions must follow the ASA Style Guide (4th ed., 2010)

Deadline for submission is 1 April 2014.
Please submit your manuscripts to Manuel Victor J. Sapitula ( and Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (

Download pdf of Call for Submission here:PSR Special Issue Call for Papers