Religion in Modern Europe: A Memory Mutates by Grace DavieReligion in Modern Europe: A Memory Mutates by Grace Davie

Religion in Modern Europe: A Memory Mutates

byGrace Davie

Paperback | July 1, 2000

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Religion in Modern Europe examines religion as a form of collective memory. This is a memory held in place by Europe's institutional churches, educational systems, and the mass media - all of which are themselves responding to rapid social and economic change. Europe's religious memory isapproached in the following ways: as vicarious-a particularly European characteristic, as precarious-especially among young people, and as it is portrayed by the media. The memory may fragment, be disputed, and in extreme cases, disappear. Alternatives may emerge. The challenge for Europeansocieties is to affirm healthy mutations in religious memory and discourage others. The book also examines the increasing diversity of Europe's religious life. European Societies SeriesSeries Editor: Colin CrouchVery few of the existing sociological texts which compare different European societies on specific topics are accessible to a broad range of scholars and students. The European Societies series will help fill this gap in the literature, and attempt to answer questions such as: Is there really such athing as a 'European model' of society? Do the economic and political integration processes of the European Union also imply convergence in more general aspects of social life, like family or religious behaviour? What do the societies of Western Europe have in common with those further to the east? This series will cover the main social institutions, although not every author will cover the full range of European countries. As well as surveying existing knowledge in a way that will be useful to students, each book will also seek to contribute to our growing knowledge of what remains in manyrespects a sociologically unknown continent.
Grace Davie is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Exeter
Title:Religion in Modern Europe: A Memory MutatesFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199241244

ISBN - 13:9780199241248


Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter One. Facts and Figures: a profile of religion in modern EuropeChapter Two. Theoretical PerspectivesChapter Three. Vicarious Memory 1: the churchesChapter Four. Vicarious Memory 2: the church-goersChapter Five. Precarious Memory: religion in the education systems of EuropeChapter Six. Mediated Memory: religion and the European mediaChapter Seven. Alternative Memories 1: pluralism and the lawChapter Eight. Alternative Memories 2: religious innovationsChapter Nine. Aesthetic or Symbolic Memory: the cultural sphereChapter Ten. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

A contemporary survey of a continent which is beginning to forget that it once was Christian. The Gospel and Our Culture, Spring 2002