Department/School

Sociology and Anthropology

Abstract

This article sorts recent approaches in the sociology of religion into six groups, each of which tells a different story about what his happening to religion in the late-modern world. One, the secularization narrative, sees religion in decline. A second narrative tracks a rise of “fundamentalisms” worldwide. A third notes that religion is becoming local, especially in the United States. A fourth argues that religion is becoming individualized, both in Europe and worldwide. A fifth narrative claims that religion is alive and well, but only in competitive religious “markets”. And a sixth explores the changes religion undergoes in the process of globalization. Each of these narratives reads evidence through different lenses.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Nordic Journal of Religion and Society

Publication Date

2006

Volume

19

Issue

1

Pages

13-29

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Preprint

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