'This is an excellent book. I can't believe that anyone would wantto teach about contemporary religion or about postmodernity withoutrecommending this book and using it as a springboard for their owndiscussions.' Alan Bryman, Professor of Social Research,Loughborough University
'Readers familiar with David Lyon's previous work will find inJesus in Disneyland the same combination of theoretical awareness,perceptive comment and accessibility that makes his writing sovaluable to all those interested in the nature of religion in themodern world. The book elucidates the subtle shift in the world ofreligion from obligation to consumption - a state of affairs thatwe need to know more about.' Grace Davie, Senior Lecturer inSociology, University of Exeter
'The writing is clear and filled with a number of engagingillustrations ... there is a great deal that I very much enjoyedwithin this book.' LJK, Regent's Reviews
'This interesting book explores the implications ofpostmodernity on religion. At the same time it questions thecentrality of the secularization thesis in sociology of religion aswell as calling for reflexivity as a more central aspect ofsociological endeavour.' British Journal of Sociology
'The book is engaging and well-written - that academic rarity, a"good read".' Theology Today
'This is a beautifully written, imaginative and stimulatingaccount of the place of religion in postmodernity ... a work ladenwith richness, a freshness of insight and a sense of immediacy.'Journal of Contemporary Religion
"Jesus in Disneyland:Religion in Postmodern Times is ahighly distinctive and fresh commentary on contemporary religionand late modernity by David Lyon, a writer able to embrace thepostmodern cultural turn with gusto and panache." EuropeanJournal of Social Theory
"This work provides the most insightful understanding of thecontemporary context for this field of study" Daryl Healea,Religious Studies Review"This book will provide a fruitful wayof grasping some of the fortunes of religion in this postmodernera." Stimulus
From the Back Cover
In this lively and accessible study, David Lyon explores therelationship between religion and postmodernity, through thecentral metaphor of 'Jesus in Disneyland.'
Contemporarydisciples of Jesus have used Disneyland for religious events,whilst Disney characters are now probably better known throughoutthe world than many biblical figures. But this book cautionsagainst seeing it as a simple substitution. Rather, Lyon shows howthis metaphor reveals highly innovative and potentially enduringfeatures of contemporary spiritual quests.
In the West, many religious institutions have declined in socialsignificance, but what Lyon calls the religious realm, includingfaith and spirituality, is flourishing in multifarious forms.Throughout the text he examines a wide variety of religious andpara-religious behaviour, exploring its relation to issues ofidentity, cyberculture, consumer culture and social theories oftime. Lyon's stimulating use of contemporary case studiesilluminates the interconnections between religion and postmodernityin a world where holy wars are waged in cyberspace, New Age selfreligions resonate with new identity quests, and Pentecostalismsparks globalization from below.
This book will be essential reading for students and scholars inthe sociology of religion, sociology of culture, social theory,religious studies and theology.