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The term resocialization is borrowed from law and sociology; it does not appear in the terminology of classical religious studies. On the basis of symbols, values, and norms shared by a community into which every individual is introduced in the context of socialization (I), every religion also develops mechanisms for dealing with apostates or people excluded from the community by excommunication who then wish to return. As a rule, both involve overtures for resocialization.

The background pattern constitutes a triad: socialization – apostasy or excommun…

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Reifenrath, Gabriele, “Resocialization”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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