1st Edition

Religion, Discourse, and Society Towards a Discursive Sociology of Religion

By Marcus Moberg Copyright 2022
    248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the utility and application of discourse theory and discourse analysis in the sociological study of religious change. It presents an outline of what a ‘discursive sociology of religion’ looks like and brings scholarly attention to the role of language and discourse as a significant component in contemporary processes of religious change. Marcus Moberg addresses the concept of discourse and its main meta-theoretical underpinnings and discusses the relationship between discourse and ‘religion’ in light of previous research. The chapters explore key notions such as secularism and public religion as well as the ideational and discursive impact of individualism and market society on the contemporary Western religious field. In addition to providing scholars with a thorough understanding and appreciation of the analytic utility of discourse theory and analysis in the sociological study of religious change, the book offers a cohesive and systematized framework for actual empirical analysis.


    1 Introduction

    2 Discourse theory and analysis

    3 A three-level discursive approach to "religion" and related categories

    4 The "secular" and the "post-secular"

    5 Religion, the individual, and individualism

    6 Religion in Market Society



    Marcus Moberg is a Professor in the Study of Religions at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.