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Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World

Abby Day


The book draws on empirical research exploring mainstream religious belief and identity in Euro-American countries. Starting from a qualitative study based in northern England, and then broadening the data to include Europe and North America, the book explores how people ‘believe in belonging’, choosing religious identifications to complement other social and emotional experiences of ‘belongings’. The concept of ‘performative belief‘ helps explain how otherwise non-religious people can bring into being a Christian identity related to social belongings. Further, it is argued that what is often ... More

Keywords: belief, religion, identity, anthropology, sociology, performative, culture, nominal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abby Day, author
Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex