Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

The family relates to the intertwining of relations and everyday interactions in which values, traditions and beliefs are molded and transferred from one generation to the next, including religious and non-religious beliefs, values and practices. Two processes are central to shaping religious and non-religious dynamics within the fabric of family relations.

First, a growing diversity in personal and family life marked by transformations in family forms, relationships, roles, intimacies, living arrangements and routines has a significant impact on transmission of religious and non-religious beliefs and practices. Divorce, cohabitation, same-sex unions, and single parenthood rates are increasing and often perceived as a threat to traditional societal and family values. Second, economic and cultural changes have brought a decline in religiousness and increase in non-religiousness, indicating a secularization process in western societies in the last decades. Institutionalized religions are challenged by alternative forms of religiosity and spirituality, leading to greater individualization within family religious life as well. At the same time, the increasing presence of religious minorities in numerous societies around the globe has prompted a re-evaluation of the secular/religious nexus, especially within the familial domain where beliefs and values intersect.

This volume aims to contribute to a more profound understanding of the relationship between family dynamics, its role in transmitting religion and non-religion and contemporary religious change. We invite contributions with a wide range of theories and methods in analyzing this topic, and in particular, papers dealing with the following issues:
• family structure and religious and non-religious landscapes
• religious and non-religious parenting cultures in the Global South and North
• spiritual diversity and family life
• religion/non-religion and conflict in marital and parent‐child relationships
• family schooling and parents' (non)religiosity
• family and religious and non-religious activism
• religious and non-religious dimensions and transformation of family relationships, including issues like separation/divorce, work-life balance, new family forms

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Morena Tartari :

• Deadline Submission of proposals: July 31, 2024
• Deadline Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2024
• Deadline completed manuscripts (7,000 words): March 30, 2025