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Recognizing the Non-Religious


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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

About the Author

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.


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 *

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