Abby Day

Dr Abby Day is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent where she teaches the anthropology of religion, and also Reader in Sociology of Religion at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her qualitative longitudinal research has expanded conventional views of belief and belonging through empirical research based initially in the UK and extended through cross-cultural comparisons. She and Prof. Gordon Lynch organised the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Project 'Young People and the Cultural Performance of Belief'. Her latest book, Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World was published in October 2011. She also edited the Ashgate collection, Religion and the Individual, 2008, and co-edited Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular, with Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter, 2013.


Contributions by Abby Day


Belief, Belonging, and Academic Careers

Almost twenty years ago, Grace Davie observed that despite plenty of studies into the ‘exotic edges’ of religion, ‘the picture in the middle remains remarkably blurred’. Seeking to address this imbalance and engage with the ‘beliefs of ordinary British people in everyday life’, Abby Day's recent book, ...