Atheist Identities - Spaces and Social Contexts

  • Lori G. Beaman
  • Steven Tomlins

Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE, volume 2)

About this book

Introduction

The essays in this book not only examine the variety of atheist expression and experience in the Western context, they also explore how local, national and international settings may contribute to the shaping of atheist identities. By addressing identity at these different levels, the book explores how individuals construct their own atheist—or non-religious—identity, how they construct community and how identity factors into atheist interaction at the social or institutional levels. The book offers an interdisciplinary comparative approach to the analysis of issues relating to atheism, such as demography, community engagement, gender politics, stigmatism and legal action. It covers such themes as: secularization; the social context of atheism in various Western countries; the shifting of atheist identities based on different cultural and national contexts; the role of atheism in multicultural settings; how the framework of “reasonable accommodation” applies to atheism; interactions and relationships between atheism and religion; and how atheism is represented for political and legal purposes. Featuring contributions by international scholars at the cutting edge of atheism studies, this volume offers unique insights into the relationship between atheism and identity. It will serve as a useful resource for academics, journalists, policy makers and readers interested in secular and religious studies, identity construction and identity politics as well as atheism in general.

Keywords

Atheism and Canada Atheism and Demography Atheism and Identity Atheism and Law Atheism and United Kingdom Atheism and the United States of America New Atheism Religion and Society Religious Nones Secularization

Editors and affiliations

  • Lori G. Beaman
    • 1
  • Steven Tomlins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Classics and Religious StudiesUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Classics and Religious StudiesUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09602-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09601-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09602-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-5281
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-529X
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