Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity

  • Giuseppe Giordan
  • Adam Possamai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 1-20
  3. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 21-40
  4. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 41-64
  5. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 65-80
  6. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 81-98
  7. Giuseppe Giordan, Adam Possamai
    Pages 99-112
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 113-127

About this book


This book provides a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of exorcism and an analysis of the reasons for its contemporary re-emergence and impact on various communities. It argues that exorcism has become a religious commodity with the potential to strengthen a religion’s attraction to adherents, whilst also ensuring its hold. It shows that due to intense competition between religious groups in our multi-faith societies, religious groups are now competing for authority over the supernatural by ‘branding’ their particular type of exorcism ritual in order to validate the strength of their own belief system.

Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity features a detailed case-study of a Catholic exorcist in the south of Europe who dealt with more than 1,000 cases during a decade of work, and includes observations made by the authors of this book during their attendance at an exorcist ritual.


Exorcism in Later Modernity Over-Policing of the Devil Religious Markets and Branding Decriminalization of the Devil Sociology of Exorcism Ritual of Exorcism

Authors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Giordan
    • 1
  • Adam Possamai
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia Pedagogia, Psicologia Applicata (FISPPA)Università degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences and PsychologyWestern Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71772-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71773-9
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