Amarnath Amarasingam is a doctoral candidate and Lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. His research interests are in social movements, diaspora studies, nationalism, radicalization, media studies, and the sociology of religion. In addition to authoring many articles and book chapters, he is the editor of The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is currently completing his dissertation entitled, Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada. His work can be followed here: http://wlu-ca.academia.edu/AmarnathAmarasingam
Like with many of Grace Davie’s conceptualizations, the notion of “vicarious religion” is destined to garner much attention and debate. I must admit that when I first read about it, I rolled my eyes without really knowing why. Perhaps I predicted that the same puddle of ink would be spilt in debating the finer points of what was meant and what was actually meant by the new concept.