Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research
There has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of the US population that is not religious. However, there is, to date, very little research on the social movement that is organizing to serve the needs of and advocate for the nonreligious in the US.
This is a book about the rise and structure of organized secularism in the United States. By organized secularism we mean the efforts of nonreligious individuals to build institutions, networks, and ultimately a movement that serves their interests in a predominantly religious society. Researchers from various fields address questions such as: What secularist organizations exist? Who are the members of these organizations? What kinds of organizations do they create? What functions do these organizations provide for their members? How do the secularist organizations of today compare to those of the past? And what is their likely impact on the future of secularism?
For anyone trying to understand the rise of the nonreligious in the US, this book will provide valuable insights into organized efforts to normalize their worldview and advocate for their equal treatment in society.
Cragun, R.T., Manning, C., & Fazzino, L.L. (eds.) (2017). Organized securalism in the United States: New directions in research. Fairfield: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Preface. Zuckerman.pdf (80 kB)
Table of Contents.pdf (49 kB)
Introduction. Cragun & Manning.pdf (157 kB)
Richter. I Know It When I See It - Humanism, Secularism, and Religious Taxonomy.pdf (190 kB)
Rectenwald. Mid-Nineteenth-Century Secularism as Modern Secularity.pdf (239 kB)
Fazzino & Cragun. Splitters! - Lessons from Monty Python for Secular Organizations in the US.pdf (260 kB)
Shook. Recognizing and Categorizing the Secular - Polysecularity and Agendas of Polysecularism.pdf (218 kB)
Schuntz. Organizational Variation in the American Nonreligious Community.pdf (205 kB)
Addington. Building Bridges in the Shadows of Steeples Atheist Community and Identity Online.pdf (173 kB)
Smith. Communal Secularity - Congregational Work at the Sunday Assembly.pdf (202 kB)
Frost. Rejecting Rejection Identities - Negotiating Positive Non-religiosity at the Sunday Assembly.pdf (204 kB)
Langston et al. Inside The Minds and Movement of Americas Nonbelievers - Organizational Functions (Non)Participation and A.pdf (261 kB)
Mastiaux. A Typology of Organized Atheists and Secularists in Germany and the United States.pdf (270 kB)
Hoesly. Your Wedding Your Way Personalized Nonreligious Weddings through the Universal Life Church.pdf (243 kB)
MacMurray & Fazzino. Doing Death Without Deity - Constructing Nonreligious Tools at the End of Life.pdf (215 kB)
Kosmin. Old Questions and New Issues for Organized Secularism in the United States.pdf (181 kB)
Index.pdf (61 kB)
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