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Godless People, Doubt, and Atheism

Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

Keywords: atheism; disbelief; disengagement from religion; doubt; godless people; non-religion; unbelief

In the introduction to this special issue, we set the agenda for researching the aspirations and practices of godless people who seek to thin out religion in their daily lives. We reflect on why processes of disengagement from religion have not been adequately researched in anthropology. Locating this issue's articles in the anthropological literature on doubt and atheism, we argue for the importance of a comparative investigation to analyze people's reluctance to pursue religion.


Blanes, Ruy Llera - University of Bergen

Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Galina - University College London