Religious Indifference

New Perspectives From Studies on Secularization and Nonreligion

  • Johannes Quack
  • Cora Schuh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Joseph Blankholm
    Pages 239-258
  3. Cora Schuh, Johannes Quack
    Pages 259-269
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 271-273

About this book


This book provides a conceptually and empirically rich introduction to religious indifference on the basis of original anthropological, historical and sociological research. 

Religious indifference is a central category for understanding contemporary societies, and a controversial one. For some scholars, a growing religious indifference indicates a dramatic decline in religiosity and epitomizes the endpoint of secularization processes. Others view it as an indicator of moral apathy and philosophical nihilism, whilst yet others see it as paving the way for new forms of political tolerance and solidarity. 

This volume describes and analyses the symbolic power of religious indifference and the conceptual contestations surrounding it. Detailed case studies cover anthropological and qualitative data from the UK, Germany, Estonia, the USA, Canada, and India analyse large quantitative data sets, and provide philosophical-literary inquiries into the phenomenon. They highlight how, for different actors and agendas, religious indifference can constitute an objective or a challenge. Pursuing a relational approach to non-religion, the book conceptualizes religious indifference in its interrelatedness with religion as well as more avowed forms of non-religion.


Atheism Irreligion Nonreligion Religion Secularization Religious indifference Secularization and nonreligion Sociology of religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Quack
    • 1
  • Cora Schuh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural StudiesUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Emmy Noether-Project “The Diversity of Nonreligion”University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48474-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48476-1
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