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Nostalgia and the ‘New Visibility’ of Religion

Deacy, Christopher (2020) Nostalgia and the ‘New Visibility’ of Religion. Religions, 11 (5). E-ISSN 2077-1444. (doi:10.3390/rel11050267) (KAR id:81472)


This article examines the role that religion plays in a sample of the lives and career journeys of eight academic staff or alumni at a British university. Using the ‘Nostalgia Interviews with Chris Deacy’ podcast as source material, the aim is to look at the intersection between traditional and implicit conceptualisations of religion, that arise in the course of interviews that the author has undertaken, with a view to shedding light on what this says about the role that religion plays when people reminisce about their past, how this relates to contemporary religious experience for them, and whether this might be identified as an example of the ‘new visibility’ of religion. It will conclude that the way we understand the location and parameters of religion in the contemporary world needs to be re-orientated and re-framed, in the light of the presence of those less formal and structured forms of religion, which often overlap with formal religious practices, but are often articulated without reference to it.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/rel11050267
Uncontrolled keywords: Keywords: explicit religion; Implicit Religion; nostalgia; podcast; commitments; secular
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Chris Deacy
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 12:09 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 03:45 UTC
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