Nonreligion

Lee, Lois (2016) Nonreligion. In: Strausberg, Michael and Engler, Stephen, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion. Oxford University Press, pp. 84-94. ISBN 9780198729570. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198729570.013.6) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Beginning with a focus on ‘secularism’ in the mid-1990s and extending to the study of ‘secularity,’ ‘atheism,’ and ‘irreligious’ and ‘non-religious’ cultures from the mid-2000s onwards, the study of religion’s various ‘others’ is receiving increasing attention from scholars of religion. This chapter untangles the key topic strands in this broad area: non-religious populations; ‘religious-like’ phenomena such as non-religious lifecycle ceremonies and worldviews; dialectics between the religious and non-religious or secular; and secularist regimes of power. It outlines the theoretical concerns of these projects: rival accounts of secularism/s (e.g. postcolonial critiques, realist ‘multiple’ approaches); new ways of investigating and challenging secularization theory; and ‘egalitarian’ approaches to religion which challenge the idea that religion is unique—a sole example of a type. Each of these overlapping areas of research are young fields, and conceptual resources and distinctions are therefore works in progress and require careful negotiation.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Religion, Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Sociology of Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Lois Lee
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 14:24 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 10:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65401 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lee, Lois: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0568-2958
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