This book argues that the last four decades have seen profound and important changes in the nature and social location of religion, and that those changes are best understood when cast against the associated rise of consumerism and neoliberalism. These transformations are often misunderstood and underestimated, namely because the study of religion remains dependent on the secularisation paradigm which can no longer provide a sufficiently fruitful framework for analysis.

The book challenges diagnoses of transience and fragmentation by proposing an alternative narrative and set of concepts for understanding the global religious landscape. The present situation is framed as the result of a shift from a National-Statist to a Global-Market regime of religion. Adopting a holistic perspective that breaks with the current specialisation tendencies, it charts the emergence of the State and the Market as institutions and ideas related to social order, as well as their changing rapports from classical modernity to today. Breaking with a tradition of Western-centeredness, the book offers probing enquiries into Indonesia and a synthesis of global and Western trends.

This long-awaited book offers a bold new vision for the social scientific study of religion and will be of great interest to all scholars of the Sociology and Anthropology of religion, as well as Religious Studies in general.

chapter 1|24 pages


Acknowledging a global shift

part 1|206 pages

Analytical framework

chapter 3|29 pages

The Market and the problem of social order

From Adam Smith to Keynes

chapter 5|40 pages

From consumption to consumerism

chapter 6|29 pages

RCT, RIP! Rethinking marketisation

chapter 7|14 pages

From mediatisation to hyper-mediatisation

chapter 8|29 pages

The marketisation of religion

part 2|60 pages

First analyses

chapter 9|21 pages


From ratio to Market Islam

chapter 10|31 pages

From pope to coach

Marketed institutions, re-invented traditions

chapter 11|6 pages


Thinking a changing world