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date: 22 August 2019

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The chapter is divided into five sections. The first one pinpoints the rationale of semiotics in dealing with religious conversion: describing, analyzing, articulating, and interpreting the various signs, texts, discourses, and cultures through which conversion is signified and communicated. The second section clarifies the position of semiotics as regards two dialectics: between sociality and individuality and between sociality and transcendence. The third section points out the specificity of the semiotic perspective, describing it not so much as a new methodology but as a new point of view on already established methods. The third and final sections survey the main trends of semiotic research on conversion with reference to the three main approaches to the study of signification: those of Saussure, Peirce, and Lotman.

Keywords: religious conversion, semiotics, structural semiotics, Peircean semiotics, cultural semiotics

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