Creationism and Anti-Creationism in the United States

A Sociology of Conflict

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Tom Kaden
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , October
     205 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book deals with professional creationist and anti-creationist organizations in America, and describes how the “conflict between science and religion” is the result of the interaction between these two groups. It retraces their history from the 1960s onwards, and identifies crucial turning points that led to new forms of creationism and anti-creationism. It explains their strategies, labels and arguments as effects of this history and structure. Taking a field theoretical approach, the book avoids problems of prior creationism research, making it possible to identify the mechanisms through which creationism generates new strategies, arguments, and media output. The field model is used as an interpretive tool to make sense of some of the most important creationist and anti-creationist publications and media statements.

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

Tom Kaden is Research Affiliate at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.


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