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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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Friends and ‘Anti-Fennelists’

Friends and ‘Anti-Fennelists’

Non-Religious Relationships and Solidarities

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Recognizing the Non-religious

Lois Lee

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the social side of ‘secularity’, demonstrating how non-religious engagements with religion structure social relations in positive and negative ways. It shows how people’s religious, spiritual, non-religious, and secularist knowledge and situated identities become visible when they recall social encounters. Building on the idea of everyday, banal non-religiosity, this chapter demonstrates the ways in which non-religious cultures are shared between people at certain moments and become part of the tacit knowledge that mediates their ongoing relationships. While participating in organized non-religious activity remains relatively marginal in the UK, non-religiosity therefore contributes to the ‘hidden solidarities’ of everyday social relations and friendship. These forms of solidarity are less visible than centralized and institutional ones, as are the cultural forms that mediate them, but they nevertheless structure daily lives.

Keywords:   banal non-religion, secularity, non-religious associations, non-religious social life, research methods

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