“Extremely timely and compelling analyses of religion as it intersects with various social problems the world over. Highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of religion in a global context.” - Dr. Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College
"Titus Hjelm has assembled a set of original papers that illustrate how social problems theory can be used to understand contemporary religious issues throughout the world." - Joel Best, University of Delaware
"Finely executed, this collection is a valuable resource for up-to-date evidence and deserves wide reading among both students and scholars." Nancy A. Schaefer, Sociology and Anthropology, Western Illinois University, Journal of Contemporary Religion
About the Author
Titus Hjelm is Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture at University College London. His main areas of expertise are cultural sociology, sociology of religion, social problems, social theory, media and popular culture. His research focuses on the role of minority religions in contemporary societies and the media treatment of alternative religion. He is currently working on a book on social constructionism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and has published several books in Finnish and articles in journals such as Social Compass and Journal of Contemporary Religion.