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Studying Protestantism in a Catholic and secular context: lessons for a comparative sociology of religion

ByJean-Paul Willaime

I will begin my sociological self-portrait by describing the academic path that led me from the University of Strasbourg to the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. I will discuss the impact of this career move on the development of my identity as a sociologist of religion, and will mention various research topics that have meant a lot to me. The second part of this chapter focuses on the sociology of Protestantism, and attempts to demonstrate the comparative advantages of studying this particular religious world for a general sociology of religion.