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Professor Linda Woodhead

Professor Linda Woodhead

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 510819

My work explores the relationship between religious and social change worldwide. Although I consider earlier periods, I am particularly interested in change from the 1980s to the present. I have written about changes in Hinduism, Christianity, alternative spiritualities, paganism, and Islam in Europe. Central themes include the importance for religion of changing gender relations, global consumer capitalism and new media, and the rise of an increasingly educated and expanding middle class.  I focus on how older, established forms of religion and religious leadership are being challenged by these developments and by the rise of new forms of religiosity. Books include  Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (2013), Religion and Change in Modern Britain (2012), A Sociology of Religious Emotion (2011), The Spiritual Revolution (2005), and A Very Short Introduction to Christianity (2004).

PhD Supervision Interests

I am happy to consider proposals in the areas of: religion and society in modern societies, contemporary Christianity, religion and gender, everyday religion, religious change.

Current Teaching

Between 2007 and 2012 I have been directing the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, a £12m research investment which embraces 75 separate projects. This buys me out of undergraduate teaching, but I am still involved in PhD supervision.

Research Interests

I was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and my first job was as lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford. After that I came to Lancaster, liked it, and have been here ever since.

I am a sociologist of religion. My main interest is in documenting and analysing religious change in modern societies, relating it to wider social changes, and thinking through practical and political implications.

I have carried out empirical research in Britain, the USA, India and parts of Europe, and have written about Christianity, spirituality, neo-Hinduism and Islam in Europe.

I am committed both to academic research and teaching, and to engaging research with wider public debate. I often work collaboratively.

My ongoing work focuses on:

Religion in Public Life: Tracing the new public forms taken by religion worldwide as it has re-configured around expanded markets, media and migratory flows, consumer capitalism, and new kinds of political activism.

Religious Diversity and Boundaries:Researching the conditions under which inter-religious, intra-religious, and religious-secular contact leads to hardening or softening of boundaries and divisions - in a variety of settings, including the workplace, schools and public spaces.

The Re-enchantment of Daily Life:I argue that we have entered a 'post-Reformation' era in the West, and that religion in the 21st century is less doctrinal, centralised and priestly. I research new forms of religiosity, many of which have to do with anchoring a sense of identity, reaching out to higher power(s), and securing meaning and significance in daily life.

Religion, sex and gender:My writing has always focused on religion and power relations, especially religion's relation to gender and inequality. I'm currently interested in religion-related controversies over sex, gender and family.

See CV for more details.

Additional Information

Publications

BOOKS

Religion and Change in Modern Britain (co-edited with Rebecca Catto). London: Routledge (2012)

A Sociology of Religious Emotion (with Ole Riis). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2010).

Religions in the Modern World (co-edited with Koko Kawanami and Chris Partridge). 2nd edition. Fully revised. London: Routledge (2009).

God and Human Dignity (co-edited with Kendall Soulen). Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans, 2006.

The Spiritual Revolution. Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality (with Paul Heelas). Oxford, UK and Malden, USA: Blackwell, 2005.

An Introduction to Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Christianity: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Congregational Studies in the UK (co-edited with Mathew Guest and Karin Tusting). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Predicting Religion: Christian, Secular and Alternative Futures (co-edited with Grace Davie and Paul Heelas). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

Peter Berger and the Study of Religion (ed.) London: Routledge, 2002.

Religions in the Modern World. Traditions and Transformations (ed.) London: Routledge, 2002.

Reinventing Christianity: Nineteenth Century Contexts (ed.) Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.

Religion in Modern Times (co-edited with Paul Heelas). Oxford, UK and Malden, USA: Blackwell, 200o.

Diana. The Making of a Media Icon (co-edited with Jeffrey Richards and Scott Wilson) London: I.B.Tauris, 1999.

Religion and Society Programme

I am Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme, which runs until 2013.This is funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). It has commissioned 75 separate research projectson various themes related to religion and society.

Recent Appointments

Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies panel for REF 2014 (the national research assessment exercise).

Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus, 2008-

Selected Publications

Religion and change in modern Britain

Woodhead, L. (ed.) & Catto, R. (ed.) 2012 London: Routledge. 408 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Five concepts of religion

Woodhead, L. 2011 In: International Review of Sociology. 21, 1, p. 121-143

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A Sociology of Religious Emotion

Riis, O. & Woodhead, L. 2010 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Religions in the Modern World (revised 2nd edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Kawanami, H. & Partridge, C. 2009 London and New York: Routledge. 549 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Gendering secularization theory.

Woodhead, L. 06/2008 In: Social Compass. 55, 2, p. 187-193 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Gender Differences in Religious Practice and Significance.

Woodhead, L. 2007 The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Beckford, J. & Demerath III, N. J. (eds.). Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage, p. 550-570 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Seel, B., Tusting, K. & Szerszynski, B. 2005 Oxford: Blackwell. 204 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

A very short introduction to christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2004 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 174 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

An Introduction to Christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2004 An Introduction to Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 439 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

Liberal religion and illiberal secularism

Woodhead, L. 2013 Religion in a liberal state. D'Costa, G., Evans, M., Modood, T. & Rivers, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Neither religious or secular: the British situation and it's implications for religious-state relations

Woodhead, L. 2013 Contesting secularism: comparative perspectives. Berg-Sorensen, A. (ed.). Farnham: Ashgate

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2012

Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism: post-war settlements

Bluck, R., Gilliat-Ray, S., Graham, D. J., Singh, G., Zavos, J. & Woodhead, L. (ed.) 2012 Religion and change in modern Britain. Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 85-149 65 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction

Woodhead, L. 2012 Religion and change in modern Britain. Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-33 33 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Les differences de genre dans la pratique et la signification de la religion.

Woodhead, L. 2012 In: Travail, Genre et Sociétés. 202240, p. 33-54 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

God change

Chapman, M., Naguib, S. & Woodhead, L. 2012 Religion and change in modern Britain. Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 173-195 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Religion and change in modern Britain

Woodhead, L. (ed.) & Catto, R. (ed.) 2012 London: Routledge. 408 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

'Our Choice, Our Freedom, Our Right': Muslim Women's Participation in the Controversy over Veiling

Woodhead, L. 2011 Politics, Religion and Gender: Framing and Regulating the Veil. Rosenberger, S. & Sauer, B. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 150-176 27 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Spirituality and Christianity: the unfolding of a tangled relationship

Woodhead, L. 2011 Religion, spirituality and everyday practice. Giordan, G. & Swatos, W. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 3-21 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Five concepts of religion

Woodhead, L. 2011 In: International Review of Sociology. 21, 1, p. 121-143

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Religion

Catto, R. & Woodhead, L. 2011 Europe in a global context. Krossa, A. S. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 103-115 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Real Religion, Fuzzy Spirituality?: Taking Sides in the Sociology of Religion

Woodhead, L. 2010 Religions of Modernity: Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital. Aupers, S. & Houtman, D. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 31-48 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

A Sociology of Religious Emotion

Riis, O. & Woodhead, L. 2010 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

"Religion or belief": identifying issues and priorities

Woodhead, L. 2010 EHRC, 61 p.

Research output: Working paper

2009

EHRC Research Report 48 ‘Religion or belief’: Identifying issues and priorities

Woodhead, L. & Catto, R. 2009 Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

God and human dignity.

Soulen, R. K. & Woodhead, L. 2009 Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. 341 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Religions in the Modern World (revised 2nd edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Kawanami, H. & Partridge, C. 2009 London and New York: Routledge. 549 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The muslim veil controversy and European values.

Woodhead, L. 2009 In: Swedish Missiological Themes. 97, 1, p. 89-105 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Old, new and emerging paradigms in the sociological study of religion.

Woodhead, L. 2009 In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society. 22, 2, p. 103-121 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Spirituality: public or private?

Woodhead, L. 2009 Religion: Public or Private?. Brill

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Secular privilege, religious disadvantage.

Woodhead, L. 03/2008 In: British Journal of Sociology. 59, 1, p. 53-58 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Gendering secularization theory.

Woodhead, L. 06/2008 In: Social Compass. 55, 2, p. 187-193 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Spirituality, gender and expressive selfhood.

Sointu, E. & Woodhead, L. 06/2008 In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 47, 2, p. 259-276 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Religion and Emotion.

Riis, O. & Woodhead, L. 2007 Religion in Late Modernity. Furseth, I. & Leer-Salvesen, P. (eds.). Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press, p. 153-169 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Why So Many Women in Holistic Spirituality?

Woodhead, L. 2007 The Sociology of Spirituality. Flanagan, K. & Jupp, P. (eds.). Aldershot: Ahsgate, p. 115-125 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Sex and Secularisation.

Woodhead, L. 2007 Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body. Loughlin, G. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 230-244 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Gender Differences in Religious Practice and Significance.

Woodhead, L. 2007 The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Beckford, J. & Demerath III, N. J. (eds.). Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage, p. 550-570 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Lifting the veil on religion and identity.

Woodhead, L. 2007 In: The Edge. 24, p. 16-19 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Apophatic anthropology.

Woodhead, L. J. P. & Soulen, K. 2006 God and human dignity.. Woodhead, L. J. P. & Soulen, K. (eds.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, p. 245-246 2 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Why do Religious and Spiritual Movements Grow?

Woodhead, L. 2005 Big Questions in History. Swain, H. (ed.). London: Jonathan Cape, p. 167-174 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Gendering Secularisation Theory.

Woodhead, L. 2005 In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning. 1, 1, p. 24-35 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Seel, B., Tusting, K. & Szerszynski, B. 2005 Oxford: Blackwell. 204 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Sociological approaches to studying the global and local context of congregations

Woodhead, L. J. P. 2005 Studying local churches: a handbook. Cameron, H. (ed.). London: SCM, p. 54-65 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Gender secularisation theory

Woodhead, L. J. P. 2005 In: Kvinder, Kon og Forskning (Women, Gender & Research). 1, 1-2, p. 24-35 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Kendal, Cumbria: a spiritual laboratory

Heelas, P. L. & Woodhead, L. J. P. 2005 In: Centre Words. 4, p. 17-26 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

A very short introduction to christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2004 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 174 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

An Introduction to Christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2004 An Introduction to Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 439 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Congregational studies: taking stock

Woodhead, L., Guest, M. & Tusting, K. 2004 Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context. Guest, M., Tusting, K. & Woodhead, L. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 1-23 (Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Congregational studies in the UK: Christianity in a post-Christian context.

Guest, M., Tusting, K. & Woodhead, L. 2004 Aldershot: Ashgate. 223 p. (Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

Predicting religion: christian, secular and alternative futures.

Woodhead, L., Davie, G. & Heelas, P. 2003 Aldershot: Ashgate. 253 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

God, gender and identity.

Woodhead, L. J. P. 2003 The gospel and gender. Studies in theology and sexuality. Campbell, D. (ed.). Sheffield: Continuum/Sheffield Academic Press, p. 84-104 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction.

Heelas, P., Woodhead, L. & Davie, G. 2003 Predicting religion: Christian, secular, and alternative futures. Davie, G., Heelas, P. L. F. & Woodhead, L. J. P. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, p. 1-14 14 p. (Theology and religion in interdisciplinary perspectives series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The kendal project: testing the 'spiritual revolution' thesis.

Heelas, P. L. F. & Woodhead, L. J. P. 2003 In: Sociology Review. 13, 2, p. 18-21 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Religions in the Modern World (1st edition): Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. 2002 London and New York: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Women and religion.

Woodhead, L. 2002 Religions in the modern world: traditions and transformations. Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 332-356 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Studying religion and modernity.

Woodhead, L. 2002 Religions in the modern world: traditions and transformations. Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2002 Religions in the modern world: traditions and transformations. Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 154-181 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations

Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H. & Smith, D. 2001 London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Reinventing Christianity: nineteenth century contexts.

Woodhead, L. 2001 Aldershot: Ashgate.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The turn to life in contemporary theology and spirituality.

Woodhead, L. 2001 Spirituality and society in the new millennium. King, U. (ed.). Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, p. 110-123 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Liberal Christianity.

Woodhead, L. 2001 International encyclopedia of the social and behavioural sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The impact of feminism on the sociology of religion: from gender-blindness to gendered difference.

Woodhead, L. 2001 The Blackwell companion to the study of religion. Fenn, R. K. (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 67-84 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Christian origins.

Woodhead, L. 2001 International encyclopedia of the social and behavioural sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Homeless minds today?

Heelas, P. L. F. & Woodhead, L. 2001 Peter Berger and the study of religion. Woodhead, L., Heelas, P. & Martin, D. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 43-72 30 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Peter Berger and the study of religion.

Woodhead, L. (ed.), Heelas, P. L. F. (ed.) & Martin, D. (ed.) 2001 London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2000

Religion in modern times: an interpretive anthology.

Woodhead, L. J. P. & Heelas, P. L. F. 2000 Oxford: Blackwell. 508 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Can women love Stanley Hauerwas?: pursuing an embodied theology.

Woodhead, L. J. P. 2000 Faithfulness and fortitude: a festschrift for Stanley Hauerwas. Theissen Nation, M. & Wells, S. (eds.). Edinburgh: T & T Clark, p. 161-188 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Sophia or gnosis? Christianity and new age spirituality.

Woodhead, L. J. P. 1999 Where can wisdom be found?. Barton, S. (ed.). Edinburgh: T & T Clark, p. 263-278 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Feminist theorlogy out of the ghetto?

Woodhead, L. J. P. 1999 Is there a future for feminist theology?. Sawyer, D. & Collier, D. (eds.). 4 ed. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, p. 198-206 9 p. (Studies in theology and sexuality)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Theology and the fragmentation of the self.

Woodhead, L. J. P. 03/1999 In: International Journal of Systematic Theology. 1, 1, p. 53-72 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Diana, the making of a media saint

Richards, J., Wilson, S. & Woodhead, L. J. P. 1999 London: I. B. Tauris,. 182 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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