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Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity

Authors: Giordan, Giuseppe, Possamai, Adam

  • Offers a detailed case-study of the notes taken by an experienced Catholic exorcist over a ten-year period, dealing with more than 1,000 cases
  • Provides a sociological update on the phenomenon of exorcism in western countries
  • Points to an ‘over-policing of the devil’ in contemporary societies, coinciding with an increase in the demand and presence of experts 
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This book provides a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of exorcism and an analysis of the reasons for its contemporary re-emergence and impact on various communities. It argues that exorcism has become a religious commodity with the potential to strengthen a religion’s attraction to adherents, whilst also ensuring its hold. It shows that due to intense competition between religious groups in our multi-faith societies, religious groups are now competing for authority over the supernatural by ‘branding’ their particular type of exorcism ritual in order to validate the strength of their own belief system.

Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity features a detailed case-study of a Catholic exorcist in the south of Europe who dealt with more than 1,000 cases during a decade of work.

About the authors

Giuseppe Giordan is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Padua, Italy.

Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology and Director of Research at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71773-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71772-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71773-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71773-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71772-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 127
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 illustrations in colour
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