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The Changing Soul of Europe: Religions and Migrations in Northern and Southern Europe

The Changing Soul of Europe: Religions and Migrations in Northern and Southern Europe

1st Edition

Helena Vilaça, Enzo Pace, Inger Furseth, Per Pettersson
February 12, 2018

This book paves the way for a more enlarged discussion on religion and migration phenomena in countries of Northern and Southern Europe. From a comparative perspective, these are regions with very different religious traditions and different historical State/Church relations. Although official...

Religions as Brands: New Perspectives on the Marketization of Religion and Spirituality

Religions as Brands: New Perspectives on the Marketization of Religion and Spirituality

1st Edition

Jean-Claude Usunier, Jörg Stolz
February 12, 2018

During the twentieth century, religion has gone on the market place. Churches and religious groups are forced to 'sell god' in order to be attractive to 'religious consumers'. More and more, religions are seen as 'brands' that have to be recognizable to their members and the general public. What...

Religion Italian Style: Continuities and Changes in a Catholic Country

Religion Italian Style: Continuities and Changes in a Catholic Country

1st Edition

Franco Garelli
February 12, 2018

Italy’s traditional subcultures - Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Republican, Right-wing - have largely dissolved and yet Catholics have retained their vitality and solidity. How can the vast majority of Italians continue to maintain some connection with Catholicism? How much is the Italian...

Young People and Church Since 1900: Engagement and Exclusion

Young People and Church Since 1900: Engagement and Exclusion

1st Edition

Naomi Thompson
August 10, 2017

When the Sunday School pioneers saw a need in their communities in the late eighteenth century, their response provoked a 200 year movement. These early Sunday Schools met a clear social need: that for basic education. By the 1960s, they faced rapid decline – a rigid institution amidst...

Religion and Legal Pluralism

Religion and Legal Pluralism

1st Edition

Russell Sandberg
March 31, 2017

In recent years, there have been a number of concerns about the recognition of religious laws and the existence of religious courts and tribunals. There has also been the growing literature on legal pluralism which seeks to understand how more than one legal system can and should exist within one...

Everyday Lived Islam in Europe

Everyday Lived Islam in Europe

1st Edition

Nathal M. Dessing, Nadia Jeldtoft, Linda Woodhead
October 19, 2016

This book offers a new direction for the study of contemporary Islam by focusing on what being Muslim means in people’s everyday lives. It complements existing studies by focusing not on mosque-going, activist Muslims, but on how people live out their faith in schools, workplaces and homes, and in...

Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives

Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives

1st Edition

Anders Berg-Sørensen
September 09, 2016

As we enter the twenty-first century, the role of religion within civic society has become an issue of central concern across the world. The complex trends of secularism, multiculturalism and the rise of religiously motivated violence raise fundamental questions about the relationship between...

Varieties of Religious Establishment

Varieties of Religious Establishment

1st Edition

Lori G. Beaman, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
September 09, 2016

Advocacy for religious freedom has become a global project while religion, and the management of religion, has become of increasing interest to scholars across a wider range of disciplines. Rather than adopting the common assumption that religious freedom is simply incompletely realized, the...

Religion in the Neoliberal Age: Political Economy and Modes of Governance

Religion in the Neoliberal Age: Political Economy and Modes of Governance

1st Edition

François Gauthier, Tuomas Martikainen
August 26, 2016

This book, together with a complementary volume 'Religion in Consumer Society', focuses on religion, neoliberalism and consumer society; offering an overview of an emerging field of research in the study of contemporary religion. Claiming that we are entering a new phase of state-religion relations...

Religion in Consumer Society: Brands, Consumers and Markets

Religion in Consumer Society: Brands, Consumers and Markets

1st Edition

François Gauthier, Tuomas Martikainen
August 26, 2016

Presenting an overview of an emerging field in the study of contemporary religion, this book, together with a complementary volume Religion in the Neoliberal Age, explores issues of religion, neoliberalism and consumer society. Claiming that we have entered a new phase that implies more than the...

Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity

Young People's Attitudes to Religious Diversity

1st Edition

Elisabeth Arweck
July 20, 2016

Investigating the hitherto unexplored topic of how young people understand and relate to religious diversity in the social context in which they are growing up, this book makes a significant contribution to the existing body of literature on religious diversity and multiculturalism. It closes a gap...

Exploring New Monastic Communities: The (Re)invention of Tradition

Exploring New Monastic Communities: The (Re)invention of Tradition

1st Edition

Stefania Palmisano
March 18, 2016

Examining the recent radical re-invention of monastic tradition in the everyday life of New Monastic Communities, Exploring New Monastic Communities considers how, growing up in the wake of Vatican II, new Catholic communities are renewing monastic life by emphasizing the most innovative and...

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