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World Society and Religion
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[German Version]

The sociological concept of a world society constitutes the existence of a global social system, conceived of as a unity on the basis of a specific concept of society as an empirical object. The idea was put forward in the 1970s by Peter Meintz, John Meyer, Immanuel Wallerstein, and N. Luhmann, each on the basis of his own theoretical premises; its guiding notion is that there is a distinct global dynamic and global level of social interaction that represents the benchmark for oth…

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Baumann, Martin, “World Society and Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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