Diffused Religion

Beyond Secularization

  • Roberto┬áCipriani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Basics of Diffused Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Diffused Religion in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 255-276

About this book


This book explores the concept of diffused religion as it is found in contemporary society, resulting from a vast process of religious socialisation that continues to pervade our cultural reality. It provides a critical engagement with a framework of non-institutional religion that is based on values largely shared in society by being diffused through primary and secondary socialisation. Cipriani also contends that these very values which give form to diffused religion can also be seen in themselves as their own kind of religion. As a result, they go beyond secularisation and favour the religious continuum extending around the world of diffused religions.

This work will be of great interest to scholars in the Sociology of Religion and to anyone wanting to learn more about the social aspects of religion. 


Religion of values Invisible religion Shared values Cultural affiliations Religiosity

Authors and affiliations

  • Roberto┬áCipriani
    • 1
  1. 1.Roma Tre UniversityRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57893-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57894-1
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