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Recognizing the Non-religious: Reimagining the Secular

Lois Lee


In recent years, the extent to which contemporary societies are secular has come under scrutiny. At the same time, many countries have increasingly large non-affiliate, ‘subjectively secular’ populations, and actively non-religious cultural movements such as the New Atheism and the Sunday Assembly have come to prominence. Making sense of secularity and irreligion, and the relationship between them, has therefore emerged as a crucial task for those seeking to understand contemporary societies and the nature of ‘modern’ life. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in southeast England, this book deve ... More

Keywords: non-religion, atheism, secularism, irreligion, New Atheism, secularity, modernity, secularization, desecularization, post-secularity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736844
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lois Lee, author
Research Associate, Religion and Political Theory Centre, University College London