Institutional Logic and Legal Practice: Modes of Regulation of Religious Organizations in German Prisons



The chapter explores how the constitutionally guaranteed right of corporative religious freedom is negotiated in German prisons. It does so by looking at the regulatory factors, such as structural and legal conditions, and by studying the religious groups’ modes of negotiating. These negotiations take place under well-defined conditions set on the one hand by the legal state–church relationships in Germany, on the other, by the logic of specific prisons. The author concludes that the research on religion in prison, and on the relation of religion and law, should take place on various levels and from different perspectives, because there are several understandings of what is meant by ‘religion’, and several legal practices.


Corporative religious freedom Institutional logic Germany Prison Legal practice Religious organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Religious Studies—CERESRuhr-University BochumBochumGermany

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