Handbook of Leaving Religion introduces a neglected field of research with the aim to outline previous and contemporary research, and suggest how the topic of leaving religion should be studied in the future. The handbook consists of three sections: 1) Major debates about leaving religion; 2) Case studies and empirical insights; and 3) Theoretical and methodological approaches. Section one provides the reader with an introduction to key terms, historical developments, major controversies and significant cases. Section two includes case studies that illustrate various processes of leaving religion from different perspectives, and each chapter provides new empirical insights. Section three discusses, presents and encourages new approaches to the study of leaving religion.
Daniel Enstedt, Ph.D. (2011), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at that university. His research focus is mainly on contemporary religion and the sociology of religion, especially in the field of lived religion. He has studied apostasy and Islam in Sweden, religion and digital media, sexuality and Christianity, and new expressions of spirituality in Sweden.
Göran Larsson, Ph.D. (2000), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), is Professor of Religious Studies/History of Religions at that university. He has published extensively on Islam and Muslims in Europe in both past and present. Besides the study of Islam and Muslims, Larsson has also published on religion and media, migration, global conflicts and theoretical and methodological issues.
Teemu T. Mantsinen/, Ph.D. (2014), University of Turku (Finland), is Researcher of the Study of Religion at that university. His previous works include studies on Pentecostalism, social class, social transformations, migration, and Orthodox pilgrimage.
Contributors are: David Belfon, Clemens Cavallin, David McConnell, Ryan T. Cragun, Carole Cusack, Daniel Enstedt, Monica Lindberg Falk, Miguel Farias, Niklas Foxeus, Philip Francis, Amorette Hinderaker, Isabella Kasselstrand, Lily Kong, Göran Larsson, Erica Li Lundqvist, Jörgen Magnusson, Teemu T. Mantsinen, Kyle Messick, Masoumeh Rahmani, Lena Roos, Caleb Schaffner, Christine Schirrmacher, Michael Stausberg, Nora Stene, Peter G. Stromberg, Ryan Szpiech, Teemu Taira, Kati Tervo-Niemelä, Hugh Turpin, Orlando Woods.