Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3118: Sociology and Demography of Religion

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Bruce, S. (2011). Secularization: In defence of unfashionable theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Davie, G. (1990). Believing without belonging: Is this the future of religion in Britain? Social Compass 37(4), 455-469.

Davie, G. (2013). The sociology of religion: A critical agenda (2nd ed.). London: Sage.

Greeley, A. M. (2003). Religion in Europe at the end of the second millennium: A sociological profile. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.

Hackett, C., Stonawski, M., Potan?oková, M., Grim, B. J., Skirbekk, V. (2015). The future size of religiously affiliated and unaffiliated populations. Demographic Research, 32(27), 829-841.

Iannaccone, L. R., Finke, R. and Stark, R. (1997). Deregulating religion: The economics of church and state. Economic Inquiry, 35(2), 350-364.

Jagodzinski, W. and Manabe, K. (2009). On the similarity of religiosity in different cultures. In Haller, M. Jowell, R. and Smith T. (Eds.) The international social survey programme, 1984-2009: Charting the globe (pp. 313-336). Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge

Kaufmann, E., Goujon, A. and Skirbekk, V. (2012). The end of secularization in Europe?: A socio-demographic perspective. Sociology of Religion, 73, 69-91.

Knippenberg, H. (2005). The changing religious landscape of Europe. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.

Lehrer, E. L. (2009). Religion, economics, and demography: The effects of religion on education, work, and the family. London; New York: Routledge.

McQuillan, K. (2004). When does Religion Influence Fertility? Population and Development Review, 30(1), 25-56.

Norris, P. and Inglehart, R. (2004). Sacred and secular: Religion and politics worldwide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Trzebiatowska, M. and Bruce, S. (2012). Why are women more religious than men? Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Voas, D. 2009. The rise and fall of fuzzy fidelity in Europe. European Sociological Review, 25(2), 155-168.

Voas, D. and Crockett, A. (2005). Religion in Britain: Neither believing nor belonging. Sociology, 39 (1), 11-28.