About this book
This book is an empirical comparative study of the complexity of religion in the public spheres of the five Nordic countries. The result of a five-year collaborative research project, the work examines how increasingly religiously diverse Nordic societies regulate, debate, and negotiate religion in the state, the polity, the media, and civil society. The project finds that there are seemingly contradictory religious trends at different social levels: a growing secularization at the individual level, and a deprivatization of religion in politics, the media, and civil society. It offers a critique of the current theories of secularization and the return of religion, introducing religious complexity as an alternative concept to understand these paradoxes. This book is for scholars, students, and readers with an interest in understanding the public role of religion in the West.
Social complexity anthropology religious complexity Nordic Religion today secularization of society deprivatization of religion civil society welfare state sociology of religion Religion and culture Religion and Politics Denmark Religion Finland Religion Iceland Religion Norway Religion Sweden Religion
“The book’s main target audience is probably international scholars with an interest in the Nordic situation, but it will also be suitable for Nordic scholars and students … . the book will surely be a reference work for years to come.” (Andreas Häger, Temenos, Issue 1, 2019)