Religion, Youth, and Intergenerationality

We begin this interview by asking what is ‘youth’? How do sociologists define it? What are some of the current trends in sociological research on youth? What, if anything, is distinctive about youth experience? Discussion then turns to ‘religion and youth’, focusing on why scholars might be interested in it, ...
christianity
Ethics
Intergenerationality
Parenting
religion
Sunday School
Transmission
Youth

Researching Religious Diversity

In this interview, we discuss the broad topic of diversity, contrast this with concepts of 'difference', and ask what on Steven Vertovec might mean by the concept of 'super-diversity' (2007). We then ask why scholars might be interested in situations of 'religious diversity',...
Birmingham
Difference
Diversity
methodology
multiculturalism
Politics
Superdiversity

Evangelicalism and Civic Space

In this podcast, Anna Strhan talks to Katie Aston about her research among evangelical Christians, exploring their search for coherence in the contemporary city. How do the members of conservative Anglican congregations negotiate their place in a secular multicultural society, ...
anna strhan
civic space
evangelical
Katie Aston
Secularism
Sociology
SOCREL

A Critical Introduction to the History, Beliefs, and Practices of Wiccans

In this interview Ethan Doyle White, author of the book Wicca: History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft, introduces his systematic overview of the contested history and multifaceted developments of Wicca. White presents his own methodological approaches and theoretical data utilising both emic and etic sources in a thematic framework.
Eclecticism
Eco-warriors
Esotericism
feminism
Gardner
Gay Lib
Horned God
Initiation
Insider/Outsider debate
Invented traditions
Magic
Mother Goddess
Ritual
Sabbats
Wicca
Wiccan Rede
Witchcraft

Religion and Feminism

'Religion' and 'Feminism' are two concepts that have a complex relationship in the popular imaginary. But what do academics mean by these two concepts? And how can we study their interrelationship? What can we say about 'religion and feminism', about the academic study of 'religion and feminism', ...
Christopher Cotter
colonialism
Dawn Llewellyn
feminism
Feminist
gender
Hegemony
methodology
Power
SOCREL
theory

Communism and Catholicism: Religion and Religious Studies in Lithuania

What is the religious field like in a country where religion was banned for half of the 20th century? And how do you set up a Religious Studies department there? Under Communism, religion was suppressed in the formerly Catholic Eastern European country of Lithuania until the 1990s.
communism
departments
Eastern Europe
Lithuania
New Religious Movements
Religious Studies
Vernacular

An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

What is the sociology of religion? What are its particular concerns, dominant themes and defining methodologies? Where did it begin, and how has it evolved? This interview with Grace Davie, the first in our BSA SOCREL series, introduces this important and historically influential approach to the study of religion.
David Robertson
Durkheim
grace davie
marx
rational choice theory
secularisation
simmel
social change
Sociology
SOCREL
weber

Categorising "Religion": From Case Studies to Methodology

In this interview, Dr Teemu Taira discusses the role of marginal traditions in understanding the application of the term "religion" in differing context, in particular he discusses Karhun Kansa, the People of the Bear. This leads onto a methodological discussion on the use of the term and the role scholars play in this discourse.
Categorisation
Definition
EASR 2016
Karhun Kansa
methodology
religion
Religious Studies

Global(ized) religion and the study of religious tensions

This interview with global studies pioneer Mark Juergensmeyer takes on his keynote address at the 2016 Eastern International Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (EIR-AAR) at the University of Pittsburgh. He interrogates the intersections of different religions traditions, ...
global religion
Globalization
religion
religious tension

Historical, Popular, and Scholarly Constructions of Yoga

In its earliest uses, the word “yoga” meant “yoke,” primarily yoking a warhorse to a chariot. In the classical period, yoga took on a variety of other meanings, including yoking the mind-body complex through meditative practices, such as breath control and mantras, to achieve liberation. In this interview, ...
Dusty Hoesly
hinduism
Lived Religion
new religious movement
Ritual
Tantra
Yoga

Embodied religious practices, child psychology and cognitive neuroscience

Bahler discusses the notion of ritual as a locus of power in terms of structure and agency. His recent book, Childlike Peace in Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. Intersubjectivity as a Dialectical Spiral (Lexington Books, forthcoming) focuses on neuroscience to grasp the topic power relations at the confluence of religion and other social influences on one’s trajectories.
Cognition
Martin Lepage
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Power
psychology
religious practice

ISKCON And When New Religions Aren't So New Anymore

A roundtable discussion considering the future of ISKCON and what happens when religions are no longer 'new'. As a follow-up to our interview with Kim Knott on ISKCON in Britain, this podcast is a roundtable discussion at the ISKCON 50 conference at Bath Spa University, 2016.
alternative spirituality
Discourse
ISKCON
new religious movement
NRM

ISKCON In Britain

Kim Knott provides an overview of the Hare Krishna movement in Britain from its inceptioThis year the ISKCON Movement (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Fittingly, n in 1966 to the present day.
Aled Thomas
alternative spiritualities
Britain
hare krishna
ISKCON
new religious movement
NRM

The "Axial Age": Problematising Religious History in a Post-Colonial Setting

In the latest #RSPpod from our friends in Australia, Dr Jack Tsonis gets fired up about the "Axial Age" as well as the difficulties the immediate post-PhD years. Karl Jaspers created the term “Axial Age” in 1949 after considering that the Bhagavad Gita, the Pali Canon, the Book of Isaiah,...
Axial Age
colonialism
jack tsonis
Karl Jaspers
Post-colonial
Post-PhD
Religious History. Robert Bellah
world religions

BDSM as Religious Practice

Alison Robertson gives an insight to her doctoral research on BDSM as religious practice. In this interview Alison Robertson gives an insight to her doctoral research on BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, and Submission) as religious practice. Throughout her research, Robertson has examined the relationship between BDSM and religiosity,
alternative spirituality
bdsm
empirical research
religious experience
religious practice
Spirituality