Special Issue "Apostasy and Other Forms of Leaving Religion"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 6168
The study of variegated forms of non-religion is gaining traction in the social sciences, as the numbers of those who identify as non-religious grow steadily across many regions in the world. The focus of this Special Issue is on those non-religious persons who reject religion for good. Therefore, the attention is on those people who once belonged to a religious tradition—actively or nominally—and then left it to not join any new one.
More specifically, this Special Issue aims to address apostasy and other forms of leaving religion in contemporary societies from a wide variety of perspectives and thematic angles. Apostasy is not a new research topic. There have been studies on the individual trajectories of apostates in various religious traditions and in different geographical locations. However, in this Special Issue, attention is given not only to its individual dimension but also, and especially, to its social and political dimension. Some of the questions that this Special Issue will deal with are the following:
- Individual stories, narratives, and identities: how do apostates narrate their individual process of leaving religion for good? How do they make sense of leaving religion and build their new identities?
- Institutional and communal responses to apostasy: how do religious communities and institutions respond to individuals leaving religion? Which narratives do they build around them? How is exit facilitated or prevented?
- Material and ritual aspects of religious exit: what are the material and visual aspects related to leaving religion? How is apostasy ritualized?
- The political aspects of apostasy: what are the political meanings that apostasy acquires in different contexts? How does apostasy relate to other sociopolitical processes?
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together empirical research to shed new light on contemporary forms of apostasy across religious traditions and geographical areas, their meanings and implications. In doing so, it will contribute to and advance the existing social scientific theories of apostasy.
Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño
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- leaving religion
- religious exit