List of Contributors
Steve Bruce was born in Edinburgh in 1954 and educated at the Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, Perthshire. He studied sociology and religious studies at the University of Stirling. He taught at the Queen's University, Belfast, from 1978 to 1991 when he became Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and in 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published some 140 articles in journals and edited collections. His 24 books include God Save Ulster: The Religion and Politics of Paisleyism (Oxford 1986); Religion in the Modern World: From Cathedrals to Cults (Oxford 1996); Conservative Protestant Politics (Oxford 1998); Choice and Religion: A Critique of Rational Choice Theory (Oxford 2000); Fundamentalism (Polity 2001); God is Dead: Secularization in the West (Blackwell 2002); Politics and Religion (Polity 2003); Paisley (Oxford 2007), The Theory of Secularization (Oxford 2010) and Scottish Gods (Edinburgh 2014).
Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Exeter UK and a senior adviser to the Impact of Religion Research Programme at Uppsala University. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociological Association (2002-6). In 2000-1 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor at Uppsala, where she returned for extended visits in 2006-7, 2010 and 2012. In January 2008, she received an honorary degree from Uppsala. She has also held visiting appointments at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1996) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1998 and 2003), both in Paris. In addition to numerous chapters and articles, she is the author of Religion in Britain since 1945 (Blackwell 1994), Religion in Modern Europe (Oxford University Press 2000), Europe: The Exceptional Case (DLT 2002) and The Sociology of Religion (Sage 2007/2013); she is the co-author of Religious America, Secular Europe (Ashgate 2008), and co-editor of Predicting Religion (Ashgate 2003) and Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe (2 vols) (Ashgate 2010 and 2011).
Andrew Dawson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. He obtained his doctorate at Oxford University and has degrees in social science and religious studies from US and other UK institutions. His principal research interest concerns the interface of religion and late-modern society. Among his more recent publications are: Sociology of Religion (2011), Santo Daime: A New World Religion (2013), (as editor) Summoning the Spirits (2011) and The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity (forthcoming), and (as co-editor) Religion, Migration and Mobility: The Brazilian Experience (forthcoming).
Titus Hjelm is Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture at University College London, UK. His publications include Social Constructionisms (Palgrave 2014), Religion and Social Problems (ed., Routledge 2011), Studying Religion and Society: Sociological Self-Portraits (ed. with Phil Zuckerman, Routledge 2013). In addition, he has published several books in Finnish and articles in journals such as Critical Sociology, Social Compass, Religion and Journal of Contemporary Religion. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Religion in Europe (published by Brill) and the founding chair of the American Academy of Religion's Sociology of Religion Group.
David Lehmann is Emeritus Reader in Social Science at the University of Cambridge. His main works are Democracy and Development in Latin America: Economics, Politics and Religion in the Post War Period (1990), Struggle for the Spirit: Popular Culture and Religious Transformation in Brazil and Latin America (1996) and (with Batia Siebzehner) Remaking Israeli Judaism (2006). In 2007 he began to work on multiculturalism and affirmative action policies in Brazil, Mexico and Peru, while also working on secularism. His new research is on Judaism in the Pentecostal imaginary, based on a study of Brazilian Pentecostals and on messianic Jews in Brazil, Israel and London.
Anne Margit Lovland, dr. art., is Associate Professor at the Department of Nordic and Media Studies, University of Agder, Norway. She has published several social semiotic studies in Norwegian on multimodality, especially in schools and religious settings, for instance Christmas concerts in churches. Her publications in English include 'Social Meaning in Multimodal Student Texts', in Maj Asplund Carlsson, Anne Lovland and Gun Malmgren (eds), Multimodality: Text, Culture and Use. Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Multimodality (2005).
Andrew McKinnon is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include: classical sociological theory, historical sociology and the sociology of religion, and he has done empirical research on conflicts in the Anglican Communion (with Christopher Brittain). His publications include contributions to: Sociological Theory, Sociology of Religion, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology and The Journal of Contemporary Religion.
Dominika Motak is Associate Professor at the Institute for the Study of Religions of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She has published two books dealing with the sociology of religion: Modernity and Fundamentalism (2002) and Between Transcendence and Immanence: Religion in Georg SimmelS Thought (2013). She has also co-edited (with Ralph W. Hood) Ritual: New Approaches and Practice Today (2011) and translated books of Max Weber and Niklas Luhmann. She is a member of editorial board of Religion in Austria and former vice-editor of Studia Religiologica. She is focusing on the classic conceptualizations of religion and its modern transformations.
Pal Repstad, dr. philos., Professor in Sociology of Religion at University of Agder, Norway. He has published extensively in Norwegian on changes in mainstream religion in the Nordic countries, on relations between theology and sociology and on qualitative methods. His publications in English include articles and reviews in Journal of Contemporary Religion, the edited book Religion and Modernity - Modes of Co-Existence (1996) and An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (2006, with Inger Furseth). He is editor of the Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, and is an honorary doctor at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Anna Strhan is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on evangelical Christianity in London, and is currently working on a three-year project examining the significance of childhood and parenting in British evangelicalism in different contexts ranging from everyday family and church life, formal and informal educational contexts, to wider public debates about childhood and education concerned with the place of religion and secularity in contemporary society. She is the author of Levinas, Subjectivity, Education: Towards an Ethics of Radical Responsibility (2012).
Marta Trzebiatowska is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. She studied sociology at the University of Exeter. Her doctorate (2007) investigated the social construction of femininities in contemporary Catholic convents in Poland. Her research interests include religion, gender and sexuality, migration, and social theory. She has published in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, European Journal of Women's Studies, Sociology, Feminist Theology, and Fieldwork in Religion. Her first book, Why Are Women More Religious Than Men? (Oxford 2012, co-written with Steve Bruce) critiques competing theories of women's greater religiosity.
Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Committee on Religion at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and concurrently Director of the Centre for Society and Religion at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). He was the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College (2009-10). His publications in the sociology of religion include Weber and Islam (1974), Religion and Social Theory (1983), (with Kamaludeen and Pereira) Muslims in Singapore (2010), Religion and Modern Society (2011) and The Religious and the Political (2013). He edited the New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (2010).