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Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Religion

About the Series

A platform for the latest scholarly research in the sociology of religion, this series welcomes both theoretical and empirical studies that pay close attention to religion in social context. It publishes work that explores the ways in which religions adapt or react to social change and how spirituality lends meaning to people’s lives and shapes individual, collective and national identities.

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Anti-Atheist Nation Religion and Secularism in the United States

Anti-Atheist Nation: Religion and Secularism in the United States

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By Petra Klug
December 09, 2022

Atheists are a growing but marginalized group in the American religious patchwork and they have been the target of ridicule and discrimination throughout the nation’s history. This book is the first comprehensive study of anti-atheism in the United States. It traces anti-atheism through five ...

Fraternal Relations in Monasteries The Laboratory of Love

Fraternal Relations in Monasteries: The Laboratory of Love

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By Mikaela Sundberg
October 31, 2022

This is a book about the tensions between Christian ideals of love and the concrete realities of everyday monastic life. Based on a study of Cistercian monasteries in France, it develops a novel conceptualization of fraternal relations and addresses how monks and nuns strive to accomplish such ...

Morality, Violence, and Ritual Circumcision Writing with Blood

Morality, Violence, and Ritual Circumcision: Writing with Blood

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By Na'ama Carlin
October 21, 2022

This book uses the Jewish ritual of circumcision to consider how violent acts are embedded within entrenched moral discourses, and offers a new perspective for thinking about violence. Intervening in contemporary debates on the Jewish ritual of circumcision, it departs from both the ordinary ...

Religion, Spirituality and Secularity among Millennials The Generation Shaping American and Canadian Trends

Religion, Spirituality and Secularity among Millennials: The Generation Shaping American and Canadian Trends

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By Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme
August 19, 2022

This book explores the world of religion, spirituality and secularity among the Millennial generation in the United States and Canada, with a focus on the ways Millennials are doing (non)religion differently in their social lives compared with their parents and grandparents. It considers the ...

Polish Catholicism between Tradition and Migration Agency, Reflexivity and Transcendence

Polish Catholicism between Tradition and Migration: Agency, Reflexivity and Transcendence

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By Wojciech Sadlon
June 28, 2021

From a critical realist perspective, this book examines the manner and the extent to which religion is shaped by modernity. With a focus on Poland, one of the most monolithic and religiously active Catholic societies in the world – but which has undergone periods of intense transformation in ...

Society and the Death of God

Society and the Death of God

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By Sal Restivo
June 09, 2021

This book advances the "strong" programme that sociology and anthropology provide a scientific foundation for arguing that God and the gods are human creations. Contending that religion is one – but not the only – way to systematize and institutionalize the moral order of a society, the ...

The Transformation of Religious Orders in Central and Eastern Europe Sociological Insights

The Transformation of Religious Orders in Central and Eastern Europe: Sociological Insights

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Edited By Stefania Palmisano, Isabelle Jonveaux, Marcin Jewdokimow
May 10, 2021

The first volume to explore various facets of contemporary change in consecrated religious life in selected Central and Eastern European countries, this book presents a series of studies of Catholic and Orthodox monasticism. With attention to changes in the economy, everyday life, organisation and ...

Bisexuality, Religion and Spirituality Critical Perspectives

Bisexuality, Religion and Spirituality: Critical Perspectives

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Edited By Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip, Alex Toft
February 17, 2020

This book brings together the work of an international team of experts investigating the intersection of bisexuality, religion and spirituality. Drawing from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, theology, religious studies and literary studies, it critically examines, both theoretically and ...

Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia Of Dominance and Diversity

Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity

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By Enqi Weng
December 05, 2019

This volume explores the contradiction between the news coverage given to issues of religion, particularly since 2001 in relation to issues such as terrorism, politics, security and gender, and the fact of its apparent decline according to Census data. Based on media research in Australia, and ...

Sacred Marriages A Discourse Analysis

Sacred Marriages: A Discourse Analysis

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By David F. Mullins
December 05, 2019

This book represents a new direction in the study of religion and marriage by using a postmodern theoretical framework focusing on gendered discourse and culture, to examine the meaning of sacred marriage within social contexts. Drawing upon data from in-depth interviews of couples in long-term, ...

A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders Zooming in on Monasteries

A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders: Zooming in on Monasteries

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Edited By Marcin Jewdokimow, Thomas Quartier, OSB
May 08, 2019

A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders applies visual methods to the exploration of various facets of religious life, such as everyday lived experience, contemporary monastic identity or monastic architecture. Presenting a series of visual essays, it treats images not as simple ...

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