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The Social Imaginary of Science and Nonreligion : Narrating the Connection in the Anglophone West

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Catto, Rebecca ; Shillitoe, Rachael ; Jones, Stephen H. ; Kaden, Tom ; Elsdon-Baker, Fern:
The Social Imaginary of Science and Nonreligion : Narrating the Connection in the Anglophone West.
In: Secularism & Nonreligion. Vol. 12 (2023) . - 3.
ISSN 2053-6712

Abstract in another language

Previous sociological research on science and religion, and secularity and nonreligion, has highlighted a consistent connection between science and nonreligious identities. Yet, the dynamics of this association have not been explored in depth. Building upon a growing body of work, this article adopts a relational approach to science and nonreligion to analyze nonreligious life scientists and members of the public in Canada and the UK’s narratives around science and religion. Across a variety of nonreligious identities, they tend to presume religion is irrational and consequently incompatible with science, idealize science, and refer to religious people as a less scientific outgroup. Upbringing, friendships, workspaces, and education all contribute to beliefs about science, (non)religion, and society. The social imaginary that to be modern is to be secular and scientific has enduring cultural power within these Western contexts, affecting daily life. Whether this is the case in other countries is a question for future research.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Culture and Religion
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2023 05:17
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2023 05:17