Diffused Religion

Beyond Secularization

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Robert Cipriani
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , November
     276 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Paolo Costa forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Roberto Cipriani is Senior and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Rome 3, and National President of the Italian Association of University Teachers

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