|Executive Editors:||Scott Elias, Wesleyan University|
|Ethan Currie, Wesleyan University|
The Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal run entirely by the students of Wesleyan University's College of Social Studies. The College of Social Studies and the UJSS are committed to encouraging the interdisciplinary study of society, in recognition of the fact that human interaction and organization is too multifaceted to be understood from any one disciplinary perspective. The UJSS serves as a forum for students of the College, as well as members of the Wesleyan community at large, to improve, share, and collaborate on work of historical, social, political or philosophical interest as they bridge disciplinary boundaries and examine new perspectives.
Current Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1 (2013) Revisiting the Secularization Thesis
Introductory RemarksIn recent decades, religion has regained prominence both as a force in world politics, and as a much-debated category of analysis in the social sciences. This new development would have profoundly surprised generations of thinkers—from Marx to the proponents of the secularization thesis—who prophesied that religion would “die out” as a force of public, and perhaps even private, life. The return of religion has brought into question many of the foundational assumptions of modernity—namely, that modernization and secularization are twin processes that rationalize and disenchant the world and create the modern (secular) subject. This issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies will examine understandings about religion, secularism, and the relationship of both to the concept of modernity.
The Religion of Communism and the Spiritual Stalemate
Brendan Z. O'Donnell