Lifelong Religion as Habitus

Religious Practice among Displaced Karelian Orthodox Women in Finland


Author: Helena Kupari
In this book, Helena Kupari examines the lived religion of Finnish, evacuee Karelian Orthodox women through an innovative reading and application of Pierre Bourdieu’s practice theory.

After the Second World War, Finland ceded most of its Karelian territories to the Soviet Union. Over 400,000 Finns, including two thirds of the Finnish Orthodox Christians, lost their homes. This book traces the ways in which the religion of Orthodox women was affected by their displacement and their experiences as members of the Orthodox minority in post-war and contemporary Finland. It contributes to theoretical discussions on lived religion by producing an account of lifelong minority religion as habitus, or an embodied and practical “sense of religion”.
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Helena Kupari, Ph. D. (2015), University of Helsinki, is postdoctoral researcher at that university. She has previously published articles on the topic of the book, for example in the journal Religion and the anthology Finnish Women Making Religion.
'The scholarship Kupari engages is properly represented and clearly explained, and the argument that materializes is convincing and sophisticated (...) There is much to commend in this book.'

- Elena V. Kravchenko, Washington University, Reading Religion, 2019.
Scholars and students interested in women’s religion, minority religion, religion and migration, Orthodox Christianity in Finland, and Pierre Bourdieu’s social theory as applied to lived religion.