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Recognizing the Non-religious

Reimagining the Secular

Lois Lee

September 2017

ISBN: 9780198808534

256 pages
Paperback
216x135mm

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Price: £29.99

This book is an investigation of what it's like to be 'not religious' in secular Britain today. It draws attention to the ways in which the 'not religious' engage with 'religious' matters.

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This book is an investigation of what it's like to be 'not religious' in secular Britain today. It draws attention to the ways in which the 'not religious' engage with 'religious' matters.

  • The first book of its kind, examining the role of non-religious cultures in the world today
  • Offers an overview of concepts and theories relating to atheism, non-religion, secularity, and secularization
  • Provides the first glossary and detailed discussion of core terms
  • Combines accessible empirical research with theoretical analysis

About the Author(s)

Lois Lee, Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

Lois Lee is a Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent. She is a sociologist whose work focuses on the empirical study of nonreligion and atheism and, more widely, on the theory and study of culturally diverse and differentiated societies. Lois is founding director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) and co-edits the journal Secularism and Nonreligion.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Contradistinctions In Terms: Vocabulary for the Study of Secularity and Nonreligion
    2:The Insubstantial and the Substantial Secular: Theories of Secularity and Nonreligion
    3:The Unwaved Flag: Material and Banal Forms of Nonreligion
    4:Out of the Shadows: Nonreligious and Secularist Bodies in Relief
    5:Friends And 'Anti-Fennelists': Nonreligious Relationships and Solidarities
    6:Disaffiliation and Misaffiliation: Identifying Nonreligion in Public Life
    7:Beyond Unbelief: Nonreligion and Existential Culture
    Conclusion
    Appendices

Reviews

"Lee's book should be studied by theologians, seminary professors, those engaged in the sociological study of religion, secularization, and by the secular and non-religious." - Lois Lee, Reading Religion

"Lois Lee offers a nuanced account of how secular society sits in relation to religion ... The book is well written and carefully argued ... The book contributes to the vocabulary, theory and methodology of studying and understanding religion and secularity and will be of interest to anyone versed in these sociological debates ... However, there is value too for non-specialists; for anyone interested in engaging with society around them, it expands how we might think about people's relation to religion." - Fran Porter, Anvil