Religion in Times of Crisis, a new book I’ve edited with Heidemarie Winkel of the Technical University of Dresden and Christophe Monnot of the University of Lausanne, has been published by Brill as part of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s (ASR) “Religion and the Social Order” series (Volume 24.
The book was a joint venture between the ASR and the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) Sociology of Religion Research Network and features chapters by scholars who are members of both associations.
Each chapter explores how religion is alive and well all over the world, especially in times of personal, political, and social crisis. Even in Europe, long regarded the most “secular” continent, religion has taken centre stage in how people respond to the crises associated with modernity, or how they interact with the nation-state. Scholars working in and on Europe offer fresh perspectives on how religion provides answers to existential crisis, how crisis increases the salience of religious identities and cultural polarization, and how religion is contributing to changes in the modern world in Europe and beyond. Cases from Poland to Pakistan and from Ireland to Zimbabwe, among others, demonstrate the complexity and ambivalence of religion’s role in the contemporary world.
This Friday, 15 August, from 1.00-2.30 pm, I will take part in an author (or, to be more accurate, editor) meets critics discussion at the ASR’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
The session was organised by Series Editor William Swatos of Baylor University and the discussants are Giuseppe Giordan, University of Padua, Anthony J. Blasi, University of Texas–San Antonio, and Lynn Davidman, University of Kansas.
The Table of Contents is as follows:
Preface: Of Crises and Challenges (William H. Swatos, Jr, Baylor University)
Introduction: Religion in Times of Crisis (Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel, Christophe Monnot)
Part I: Religion and the Crisis of Modernity
Music, Branding and the Hegemonic Prosumption of Values of an Evangelical Growth Church (Tom Wagner, Royal Halloway University)
Religion as a Response to the Crisis of Modernity: Perspectives of Immigrants in Ireland (Vladimir Kmec, Trinity College Dublin)
The Electronic Frontier of Catholicism in Poland: An Answer to the Crisis of Religious Community? (Marta Kolodziejska, University of Warsaw)
“I Doubt. Therefore, I Believe”: Facing Uncertainty and Belief in the Making (Anne-Sophie Lamine, Strasbourg University)
Part II: Religion, Crisis and the Nation-State
Religion in Times of Crisis in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of Churches in Manicaland and its Theodicy of Liberation (Joram Tarusarira, University of Leipzig)
Religion, Homosexuality, and Contested Social Orders in the Netherlands, the Western Balkans, and Sweden (Mariecke van den Berg, David J. Bos, Marco Derks, R. Ruard Ganzevoort, Milos Jovanovic, Anne-Marie Korte) and Srdjan Sremac)
Parliamentary Hereticization of the Ahmadiyya in Pakistan: The Modern World Implicated in Islamic Crises (Ali Qadir, University of Tampere, Finland)
Being Recognizable in Order to Overcome the Crisis: The Ambivalence of Islamic Actors’ Struggle for Visibility in France and Switzerland (Christophe Monnot, University of Lausanne and Alexandre Piettre, Diderot University)
From Haskalah to Reinterpretation of Tradition: A Crisis in American Reform Judaism in the 21st Century (Martina Topic, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Zagreb, Croatia)