Julia Martinez-Arino

Julia Martinez-Arino
University of Groningen | RUG · Comparative Study of Religion

PhD

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Introduction
I received my PhD in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 2012. Since September 2014 I am a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen, Germany). My main research interests are the contemporary Jewish communities and the accommodation of religious diversity in public institutions. Currently I am working on the re-casting of local laïcité in France.
Additional affiliations
March 2017 - March 2017
University of Groningen
Position
  • Professor
January 2014 - September 2014
Université de Montréal
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2013 - December 2013
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2008 - February 2012
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (45)
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The articulation between religion, politics and the law in contemporary European societies is a complex matter. In this article, we argue that classical secularization approaches fail to capture the ambivalent form of Catholicism in Europe, and we advance an alternative approach that reconsiders two elements: temporality and social space. Firstly,...
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In this article, I argue that the spatial practices of the contemporary Jewish organisations in Barcelona’s medieval Jewish neighbourhood represent claims for public recognition. As a small and quite invisible minority within the diverse city population, Jewish groups increasingly claim that their presence in the city should be recognised by politi...
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This chapter offers an overview of the situation of religion and religious diversity in Spanish prisons from a legal and a sociological perspective. After a brief introduction to the recent history of religion in the penitentiary system in Spain that focuses mostly on the second half of the twentieth century, the chapter presents the current situat...
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This introduction to the book Religion and Prison: An Overview of Contemporary Europe provides an overview of the main empirical and theoretical issues addressed in its chapters. Firstly, it argues that a focus on prisons as institutional contexts is productive for the analysis of the presence and governance of religion in various national contexts...
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Throughout Europe we observe a significant trend of increasing state intervention in the governance of religious practices and expressions. A growing number of policies and procedures seek to define and regulate how religion can, and cannot, be expressed in the public domain. In this article we explore how ideas of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religion are tra...
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Religious pluralization has transformed the religious configuration of European cities. Such changes have raised challenges for public authorities, also at the municipal level. This chapter presents evidence on the institutional responses of French cities to religious pluralization. Drawing on material from qualitative fieldwork conducted in three...
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The role of immigrant advocacy bodies in collaborative policy–making in cities is so far insufficiently researched. This article investigates the ties between relevant urban actors and immigrant advocacy bodies in cities in two Western European countries. We draw on an original survey in forty French and German cities as well as fieldwork in one Fr...
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This volume offers a European overview of the management of religious diversity in prisons and provides readers with rich empirical material and a comparative perspective. The chapters combine both legal and sociological approaches. Coverage for each country includes historical background, current penitentiary organization, and recent changes or tr...
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This collection addresses the question of how cities govern and regulate religious diversity. Its main goals are: 1) to take stock of current research regarding the municipal governance of religious diversity; 2) to put forward new concepts and empirical analyses to enhance this field of study; and 3) to identify potential lines for future enquiry...
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An increasing sociocultural heterogeneity of populations and vocal demands for the recognition of diversity have become common features of, in particular, cities in Western Europe. Do cities reshape policies in response to such developments? And to what extent do they implement policies that accommodate difference? We use data from an original surv...
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In recent years, European states have institutionalised relations with Islamic groups in the form of national Islam councils. Similarly, municipalities have set up more or less comparable bodies to address issues related to urban religious diversity. However, rather than being restricted to Muslim representatives, municipal consultative bodies usua...
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In democratic societies, schools have become central sites for governing religious diversity. Research on the intersection of religion and education has focused predominantly on public secular schools but we know less about how faith-based schools operate in contexts of increasing religious diversity. How do such institutions negotiate their specif...
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The increasing vitality and variety of religious identities in Europe give rise to new claims and demands by religious minorities. This generates new challenges for the articulation of the religious and the secular in European democracies, which become especially salient in public institutions such as hospitals, prisons, and schools. This special i...
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This article analyses the roles of Catholic chaplains amidst secularisation and diversification in Spain. Instead of focussing on highly politicised and controversial issues, we examine lower-profile negotiations taking place in secular public institutions. With this micro-sociological approach, we move the analysis beyond the official stand of the...
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Spain can no longer be considered a religiously homogeneous country. Despite the still strong preeminence of (nominal) Catholics, the number of those declaring no religious affiliation and those belonging to religious minorities has increased steadily in the last years. Census data on religious affiliation is not available in Spain due to constitut...
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The diversification of population, demands for recognition, and the spread of diversity policies present new challenges to European cities. Do urban actors respond to this development in different ways across cities? Can we distinguish a logic determined by economic considerations or rather a justice-oriented logic? This article presents evidence f...
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The sociological literature has devoted less attention to cities than to nation-states as contexts for the regulation of religion and religious diversity in Europe. Drawing on ideas from the literature on migration, urban studies, geography and the sociology of religion, as well as empirical material from fieldwork conducted in three medium-size ci...
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Individualisation theory has mainly focused on the deregulation of religion and dissolution of traditional majority churches, but there is less evidence of its appropriateness for religious minorities. In this paper I contribute to this debate by analysing how Jews in Spain construct their Jewish sense of belonging in the context of a diverse, trad...
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La "ley de separación" de 1905 define la relación entre estado y grupos religiosos en Francia. Sin embargo, el modo en el que las diferentes instituciones del estado interactúan con las organizaciones religiosas así como el trazado de las fronteras entre lo religioso y lo secular, lo público y lo privado, son algo dinámico que varía según las circu...
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The education system in Quebec has found itself at the center of the debates about secularism since the 1960s. Embedded in broader academic debates about processes of secularization and deconfessionalization of state institutions, religious diversification of society, and reconfiguration of Catholicism, this article aims to analyze how private Cath...
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The increase in religious diversity is an indisputably clear trend in most European countries. This transformation has given rise to challenges to the ways in which states and secular institutions have traditionally provided their services. Our research is embedded in academic debates about the responses of secular state-run institutions to the rel...
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Resumen A partir de una aproximación cualitativa, este artículo analiza las tensiones y negociaciones cotidianas que se producen en torno a la presencia y rol de la religión en las prisiones y hospitales contemporáneos en España. Más concretamente, el artículo examina la emergencia de nuevas formas de encaje entre la Iglesia católica, las minorías...
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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 bet...
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Debates over the place and role of religion in the public sphere have gained significant relevance in Quebec, especially since 2006 (Lefebvre, 2008). The arrivals of immigrants with religious backgrounds other than Christian, distorted public narratives over minorities’ religious requests and the post 9/11 context contributed to this. As a result,...
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Spain, together with Portugal and Italy, is part of a 'family of nations' (Castles, 1993) where the Catholic Church has historically had a monopolistic role in the religious field. However, rapid transformations have displaced the Church from its old hegemony and have drawn a new scenario in Southern European countries. In Spain, the constitutional...
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Religious affairs have gained prominence in Spanish politics in recent years. Two factors have played a crucial role in raising the profile of religion in the policy agenda: first, the growth of religious diversity due to the rapid influx of immigrants from the global south that has led to the emergence of multiple challenges and controversies conc...
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The religious sphere in Spain is changing substantially, becoming simultaneously more diverse and more secular. However, empirical research on the processes of adaptation and response of public institutions to the new religious environment is still very scarce. This paper analyses the ways in which public institutions respond to transformations in...
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The aim of this article is to analyze the way Catalan Jews understand and relate their Jewish belonging and experience. More specifically, based on analysis of the interviewees’ narratives and information collected from direct observation during the author’s doctoral research, this article explores the construction of a range of different conceptio...
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Through cooperation agreements the Spanish Government grants recognition to the different funeral rites practiced by different religious minority groups. These same agreements also recognise the right of these religious minorities to create their own denominational plots within municipal cemeteries and guarantee the observation of their funeral pra...
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The aim of this article is to analyze the way Catalan Jews understand and relate their Jewish belonging and experience. More specifically, based on analysis of the interviewees' narratives and information collected from direct observation during the author's doctoral research, this article explores the construction of a range of different conceptio...
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El principal objetivo de este artículo es mostrar cómo el aumento sustancial de la llegada de personas inmigrantes a Cataluña y concretamente a la ciudad de Barcelona en los últimos 15 años ha comportado toda una serie de transformaciones en el mapa religioso, más allá del sobrevalorado crecimiento del Islam. Los cambios más significativos han sido...
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Resum Un dels principals trets definitoris del judaisme contemporani i de la col·lectivitat jueva és la seva forta diversitat interna. Aquest article, resultat d'una investigació feta al voltant de les pràctiques funeràries de les comunitats jueves contemporànies de Barcelona, així ho posa de manifest. Els objectius principals d'aquest treball són...
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To examine what are and how the social networks are formed, not only for professional relationships, but also for personal ones, between the members of the staff of a primary care centre. Study based on the Social Network Theory and Analysis. A primary care centre in the city of Zaragoza (Spain). A total of 41 permanent members of staff (33 women a...

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The aim of this PhD thesis was to analyse the contemporary Jewish communities of Catalonia. In particular, it looked at the institutional transformations occurred in the last 30 years.
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In my current project I analyse the local re-casting of the notion of laïcité in French. I conduct ethnographic fieldwork in three medium-sized cities in France looking at how ethnic and religious diversity is being recognised, performed and regulated at the local level and what are the implications thereof for the re-definition of laïcité.