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ISBN 9780367880361
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
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Offering a significant contribution to the emerging field of 'Non-Religion Studies', Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples draws on Australian 2011 Census statistics to ask whether the Indigenous Australian population, like the wider Australian society, is becoming increasingly secularised or whether there are other explanations for the surprisingly high percentage of Aboriginal people in Australia who state that they have 'no religion'. Contributors from a range of disciplines consider three central questions: How do Aboriginal Australians understand or interpret what Westerners have called 'religion'? Do Aboriginal Australians distinguish being 'religious' from being 'non-religious'? How have modernity and Christianity affected Indigenous understandings of 'religion'? These questions re-focus Western-dominated concerns with the decline or revival of religion, by incorporating how Indigenous Australians have responded to modernity, how modernity has affected Indigenous peoples' religious behaviours and perceptions, and how variations of response can be found in rural and urban contexts.

Table of Contents

Part I: Setting the Context



1. Introduction: The Australian Census, Religious Diversity and Religious ‘Nones’ among Indigenous Australians



James L. Cox and Adam Possamai



2. The Study of Religion and Non-religion in the Emerging Field of ‘Non-religion Studies’: Its Significance for Interpreting Australian Aboriginal Religions



James L. Cox



Part II: Non-religion among Aboriginal Peoples



3. Urban–Rural Geographies of Aboriginal Religious and Non-religious Identification



Awais Piracha, Helena Onnudottir and Kevin Dunn



4. Going with the Flow: Indigenous Non-religion, not Atheism



Alan Nixon



Part III: Hybridity and Religion among Aboriginal Peoples



5. Altjira, Dream and God



David Moore



6. The Strehlow–Hermannsburg/Ntaria Perplex: Translation in a Lutheran-Aboriginal Community



Hart Cohen



7. New Songs and Old Songlines: Aboriginal Christianity and Post-mission Australia



Steve Bevis



8. The Ties that Bind: The Importance of Religion and Community to the Non-religious



Theresa Petray



Part IV: Conclusion



9. Religion, Cultural Hybridity and Chains of Memory



Adam Possamai and James L. Cox

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Biography

James L. Cox is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor in the Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.



Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.