Comprehensive introduction to religious indifference
Topical analysis of religious transformations in contemporary societies
In-depth sociological, historical and anthropological case studies
Concerted conceptualizations of religion, secularity and nonreligion
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Table of contents (13 chapters)
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.
- Religion Secularization
- Religious indifference
- Secularization and nonreligion
- Sociology of religion
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Emmy Noether-Project “The Diversity of Nonreligion”, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
About the editors
Book Title: Religious Indifference
Book Subtitle: New Perspectives From Studies on Secularization and Nonreligion
Editors: Johannes Quack, Cora Schuh
Publisher: Springer Cham
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-48474-7Published: 21 April 2017
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83951-6Published: 08 May 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-48476-1Published: 11 April 2017
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: VIII, 273
Number of Illustrations: 3 illustrations in colour
Topics: Sociology of Religion, Sociological Theory, Religion