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Recognizing the Non-religiousReimagining the Secular$
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Lois Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736844.001.0001

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The Unwaved Flag

The Unwaved Flag

Everyday and Banal Forms of Non-Religion

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Recognizing the Non-religious

Lois Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on material and symbolic non-religious representations, calling particular attention to the banal forms that surround people in contemporary England, as, perhaps, elsewhere. These incarnations of the non-religious often seem unremarkable and yet they establish and reproduce non-religious norms as well as secularist ones. This taken-for-grantedness is perhaps especially powerful when it comes to material non-religion, not only because people in Western cultural contexts are more attuned to intellectual aspects of non-religion over other dimensions, but also because people often take the material world for granted in general. Recognizing the diversity of material forms of non-religion therefore opens up new ways of understanding these cultures beyond the intellectual and, in considering the mundaneness of these forms, shows how what is ostensibly secular may have non-religious currents running beneath.

Keywords:   material culture, material religion, banal non-religion, non-religion, secularity, indifference, public non-religion

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