© 2015

Material Religion in Modern Britain

The Spirit of Things

  • Editors
  • Timothy Willem Jones
  • Lucinda Matthews-Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Materiality and Religious History

    1. Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Timothy Willem Jones
      Pages 1-14
  3. Material Sectarianism

  4. Material Religion, Sex, and Gender

  5. Material Religion in Postsecular Britain

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-240

About this book


This volume contributes towards to developments in the study of religion that illuminate the plural nature of religious change in modern Britain. It makes a critical intervention in British studies of religion by bringing the analytical insights of material culture, to bear on religion in the British World.


Material Culture Religious Studies Religious History Visual Studies religious aestheticism sociology of spirituality sociology of religion sexuality the body objects things thing studies Buddhism Christianity religion religiosity religious studies spirituality

About the authors

Joe Webster, Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK Ann Wilson, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland Timothy Carroll, University College London, UK Jim Cheshire, University of Lincoln, UK Kate Jordan, University College London, UK Dominic Janes, Birkbeck, University of London, UK James G. Mansell, University of Nottingham, UK John Harvey, Aberystwyth University, UK Jill Sudbury, University of Oxford, UK Amy Whitehead, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK Candace Hoffman-Hussain, Lancaster University, UK Richard Irvine, University of Cambridge, UK Crispin Paine, University College London, UK Jacqueline R. deVries, Augsburg College, USA

Bibliographic information


'Material Religion in Modern Britain makes an important contribution to the history of British religion, breaking new ground in its focus upon material culture as a means by which to understand the tensions and complexities of the modern spiritual landscape. This is a very well-crafted and insightful collection of essays which will certainly deepen our understanding of the influence of material culture upon modern religious beliefs and practices.' - Sue Morgan, University of Chichester, UK