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‘Trust no one’: Modernization, paranoia and conspiracy culture
Popular conspiracy theories, like those about JFK, the attacks of 9/11, the death of Princess Diana or the swine flu vaccination, are generally depicted in the social sciences as pathological,Expand
Beyond the Spiritual Supermarket: The Social and Public Significance of New Age Spirituality
This article argues that New Age spirituality is substantially less unambiguously individualistic and more socially and publicly significant than today's sociological consensus acknowledges. Firstly,Expand
The Spiritual Turn and the Decline of Tradition: The Spread of Post‐Christian Spirituality in 14 Western Countries, 1981–2000
This article uses data from the World Values Survey to study the spread of post-Christian spirituality (“New Age”) in 14 Western countries (1981‐2000, N = 61,352). It demonstrates that this type ofExpand
A Cultural Globalization of Popular Music? American, Dutch, French, and German Popular Music Charts (1965 to 2006)
In this article, the authors address the question of whether and how the appreciation of popular music consumers has globalized in the four decades since the mid-1960s. They use information fromExpand
Contesting epistemic authority: Conspiracy theories on the boundaries of science
It is concluded that conspiracy theorists compete with (social) scientists in complex battles for epistemic authority in a broader field of knowledge contestation. Expand
A Christian Cancellation of the Secularist Truce? Waning Christian Religiosity and Waxing Religious Deprivatization in the West
Analysis of International Social Survey Program (ISSP) data collected in 18 Western countries in 1998 demonstrates that Christian desires for a public role of religion are strongest in countriesExpand
Religions of Modernity: Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital
Max Weber's analysis of the progressive disenchantment of the modern world continues to evoke debate and arouse the intellectual imagination. Weber's narrative of the gradual disappearance of theExpand
With the rise and widespread application of the internet, social scientists rapidly emphasized that some people were better able to gain control over these technologies than others. This so-calledExpand
Game over? Negotiating modern capitalism in virtual game worlds
Johan Huizinga’s claim that commercialization threatens the self-enclosed ‘magic circle’ of free play still permeates many contemporary games studies. Critiquing such generalizing and essentialisticExpand
The Quest For Religious Purity In New Age, Evangelicalism And Islam Religious Renditions Of Dutch Youth And The Luckmann Legacy
This chapter provides insight into religion's changing character in the contemporary West. It discusses contemporary religious discourses and practices among youngsters in the Netherlands, where theExpand