Professor Linda Woodhead

Professor

Profile

I study and write about what matters to people and how we make life meaningful – individually and collectively. Religion is an obvious place to look and I have written widely on that topic, but I am also interested in culture, values and beliefs more broadly.

My current research is on the rise of ‘no religion’, and on ‘new publics’ both online and offline. Click 'show more' for a brief tour of my research contribution.

Intensified religious pluralism and de-differentiation: the British example
Woodhead, L.J.P. 02/2016 In: Society. 53, 1, p. 41-46. 6 p.
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Religions in the modern world: traditions and transformations
Woodhead, L., Partridge, C., Kawanami, H. 25/01/2016 3rd ed. London : Routledge. 598 p. ISBN: 9780415858809, 9780415858816.
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That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People
Woodhead, L.J.P., Brown, A. 2016 London : Bloomsbury. 272 p. ISBN: 9781472951984.
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A Sociology of Prayer
Giordan, G., Woodhead, L.J.P. 2015 Aldershot : Ashgate Press. 254 p. ISBN: 9781409455851, 9781472427670. Electronic ISBN: 9781315263588.
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Christianity: A Very Short Introduction
Woodhead, L.J.P. 2014 Second ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 144 p. ISBN: 9780199687749.
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Liberal religion and illiberal secularism
Woodhead, L. 2013 In: Religion in a liberal state. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9781107042032.
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Neither religious or secular: the British situation and it's implications for religious-state relations
Woodhead, L. 2013 In: Contesting secularism. Farnham : Ashgate ISBN: 9781409457404.
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Prayer in Religion and Spirituality
Giordan, G., Woodhead, L.J.P. 2013 Leiden, Boston : Brill. 307 p. ISBN: 9789004260481. Electronic ISBN: 9789004260498.
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God change
Chapman, M., Naguib, S., Woodhead, L. 2012 In: Religion and change in modern Britain. London : Routledge p. 173-195. 23 p. ISBN: 9780415575812. Electronic ISBN: 9780203130643 .
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Introduction
Woodhead, L. 2012 In: Religion and change in modern Britain. London : Routledge p. 1-33. 33 p. ISBN: 9780415575812 . Electronic ISBN: 9780203130643 .
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Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism: post-war settlements
Bluck, R., Gilliat-Ray, S., Graham, D.J., Singh, G., Zavos, J., Woodhead, L. 2012 In: Religion and change in modern Britain . London : Routledge p. 85-149. 65 p. ISBN: 9780415575812. Electronic ISBN: 9780203130643 .
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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.
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Religion and change in modern Britain
Woodhead, L., Catto, R. 2012 London : Routledge. 408 p. ISBN: 9780415575812. Electronic ISBN: 9780203130643 .
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'Our Choice, Our Freedom, Our Right': Muslim Women's Participation in the Controversy over Veiling
Woodhead, L. 2011 In: Politics, Religion and Gender. London : Routledge p. 150-176. 27 p.
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Five concepts of religion
Woodhead, L. 2011 In: International Review of Sociology . 21, 1, p. 121-143.
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Religion
Catto, R., Woodhead, L. 2011 In: Europe in a global context. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 103-115. 13 p. ISBN: 9780230285835 .
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Spirituality and Christianity: the unfolding of a tangled relationship
Woodhead, L. 2011 In: Religion, spirituality and everyday practice. Dordrecht : Springer p. 3-21. 19 p. ISBN: 9789400718180. Electronic ISBN: 9789400718197.
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"Religion or belief": identifying issues and priorities
Woodhead, L. 2010 EHRC, 61 p.
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A Sociology of Religious Emotion
Riis, O., Woodhead, L. 2010 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 270 p. ISBN: 9780199567607.
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Real Religion, Fuzzy Spirituality?: Taking Sides in the Sociology of Religion
Woodhead, L. 2010 In: Religions of Modernity . Leiden : Brill p. 31-48. 18 p.
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EHRC Research Report 48 ‘Religion or belief’: Identifying issues and priorities
Woodhead, L., Catto, R. 2009 Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Commissioned report

God and human dignity.
Soulen, R.K., Woodhead, L. 2009 Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans. 341 p. ISBN: 9780802833952.
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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.
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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. ISBN: 9780415458917.
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Spirituality: public or private?
Woodhead, L. 2009 In: Religion: Public or Private?. Brill
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The muslim veil controversy and European values.
Woodhead, L. 2009 In: Swedish Missiological Themes. 97, 1, p. 89-105. 17 p.
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Gendering secularization theory.
Woodhead, L. 06/2008 In: Social Compass. 55, 2, p. 187-193. 7 p.
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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.
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Secular privilege, religious disadvantage.
Woodhead, L. 03/2008 In: British Journal of Sociology. 59, 1, p. 53-58. 6 p.
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Gender Differences in Religious Practice and Significance.
Woodhead, L. 2007 In: The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore : Sage p. 550-570. 21 p.
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Lifting the veil on religion and identity.
Woodhead, L. 2007 In: The Edge. 24, p. 16-19. 4 p.
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Religion and Emotion.
Riis, O., Woodhead, L. 2007 In: Religion in Late Modernity. Trondheim : Tapir Academic Press p. 153-169. 17 p.
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Sex and Secularisation.
Woodhead, L. 2007 In: Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body. Oxford : Blackwell p. 230-244. 15 p.
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Why So Many Women in Holistic Spirituality?
Woodhead, L. 2007 In: The Sociology of Spirituality. Aldershot : Ahsgate p. 115-125. 11 p.
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Apophatic anthropology.
Woodhead, L.J.P., Soulen, K. 2006 In: God and human dignity.. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans p. 245-246. 2 p. ISBN: 9780802833952 (pbk.) 0802833950 (pbk.).
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Gender secularisation theory
Woodhead, L.J.P. 2005 In: Kvinder, Kon og Forskning (Women, Gender & Research). 1, 1-2, p. 24-35. 12 p.
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Gendering Secularisation Theory.
Woodhead, L. 2005 In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning. 1, 1, p. 24-35. 12 p.
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Kendal, Cumbria : a spiritual laboratory
Heelas, P.L., Woodhead, L.J.P. 2005 In: Centre Words. 4, p. 17-26. 10 p.
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Sociological approaches to studying the global and local context of congregations
Woodhead, L.J.P. 2005 In: Studying local churches : a handbook. London : SCM p. 54-65. 12 p. ISBN: 0334029600.
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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. ISBN: 1405119586.
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Why do Religious and Spiritual Movements Grow?
Woodhead, L. 2005 In: Big Questions in History. London : Jonathan Cape p. 167-174. 8 p.
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A very short introduction to christianity
Woodhead, L. 2004 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 174 p. ISBN: 0192803220.
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An Introduction to Christianity.
Woodhead, L. 2004 In: An Introduction to Christianity. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 439 p. ISBN: 052145445X.
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Congregational studies: taking stock
Woodhead, L., Guest, M., Tusting, K. 2004 In: Congregational Studies in the UK. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 1-23. ISBN: 0754632881.
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Congregational studies in the UK: Christianity in a post-Christian context.
Guest, M., Tusting, K., Woodhead, L. 2004 Aldershot : Ashgate. 223 p. ISBN: 0754632881.
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God, gender and identity.
Woodhead, L.J.P. 2003 In: The gospel and gender. Studies in theology and sexuality. Sheffield : Continuum/Sheffield Academic Press p. 84-104. 21 p.
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Introduction.
Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Davie, G. 2003 In: Predicting religion : Christian, secular, and alternative futures. Aldershot : Ashgate Publishing p. 1-14. 14 p. ISBN: 0754630099.
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Predicting religion : christian, secular and alternative futures.
Woodhead, L., Davie, G., Heelas, P. 2003 Aldershot : Ashgate. 253 p. ISBN: 0754630102.
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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.
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Christianity.
Woodhead, L. 2002 In: Religions in the modern world : traditions and transformations. London : Routledge p. 154-181. 28 p.
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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. ISBN: 9780415217842.
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Studying religion and modernity.
Woodhead, L. 2002 In: Religions in the modern world : traditions and transformations. London : Routledge p. 1-12. 12 p.
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Women and religion.
Woodhead, L. 2002 In: Religions in the modern world : traditions and transformations. London : Routledge p. 332-356. 25 p.
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Christian origins.
Woodhead, L. 2001 In: International encyclopedia of the social and behavioural sciences. Amsterdam : Elsevier
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Homeless minds today?
Heelas, P.L.F., Woodhead, L. 2001 In: Peter Berger and the study of religion. London : Routledge p. 43-72. 30 p. ISBN: 0415215315.
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Liberal Christianity.
Woodhead, L. 2001 In: International encyclopedia of the social and behavioural sciences. Amsterdam : Elsevier
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Peter Berger and the study of religion.
Woodhead, L., Heelas, P.L.F., Martin, D. 2001 London : Routledge.
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Reinventing Christianity : nineteenth century contexts.
Woodhead, L. 2001 Aldershot : Ashgate.
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Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations
Woodhead, L., Fletcher, P., Kawanami, H., Smith, D. 2001 London : Routledge. ISBN: 9780203398494 0203398491.
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The impact of feminism on the sociology of religion : from gender-blindness to gendered difference.
Woodhead, L. 2001 In: The Blackwell companion to the study of religion. Oxford : Blackwell p. 67-84. 18 p.
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The turn to life in contemporary theology and spirituality.
Woodhead, L. 2001 In: Spirituality and society in the new millennium. Brighton : Sussex Academic Press p. 110-123. 14 p.
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Can women love Stanley Hauerwas? : pursuing an embodied theology.
Woodhead, L.J.P. 2000 In: Faithfulness and fortitude : a festschrift for Stanley Hauerwas. Edinburgh : T & T Clark p. 161-188. 28 p.
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Religion in modern times : an interpretive anthology.
Woodhead, L.J.P., Heelas, P.L.F. 2000 Oxford : Blackwell. 508 p.
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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.
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Diana, the making of a media saint
Richards, J., Wilson, S., Woodhead, L.J.P. 1999 London : I. B. Tauris,. 182 p. ISBN: 1860643884.
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Feminist theorlogy out of the ghetto?
Woodhead, L.J.P. 1999 In: Is there a future for feminist theology?. Sheffield : Sheffield University Press p. 198-206. 9 p. ISBN: 1850759634.
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Sophia or gnosis? Christianity and new age spirituality.
Woodhead, L.J.P. 1999 In: Where can wisdom be found?. Edinburgh : T & T Clark p. 263-278. 16 p.
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