Jesus in Disneyland: Religion in Postmodern Times
July 2000, Polity
1. Meeting Jesus in Disneyland.
2. Faith's Fate.
3. Postmodern Premonitions.
4. Signs of the Times.
5. Shopping for a Self.
6. A Global Spirit.
7. Telescoped Time.
8. Faith's Future.
* Examines key issues such as the rise of consumerism and the influence of communication and information technologies as a way of understanding the transformations of religion throughout the worl.
* Using 'Jesus in Disneyland' as a central metaphor, it stresses the relevance of religion to mainstream discussions of contemporary social and cultural change.
'Readers familiar with David Lyon's previous work will find in
Jesus in Disneyland the same combination of theoretical awareness,
perceptive comment and accessibility that makes his writing so
valuable to all those interested in the nature of religion in the
modern world. The book elucidates the subtle shift in the world of
religion from obligation to consumption - a state of affairs that
we need to know more about.' Grace Davie, Senior Lecturer in
Sociology, University of Exeter
'The writing is clear and filled with a number of engaging
illustrations ... there is a great deal that I very much enjoyed
within this book.' LJK, Regent's Reviews
'This interesting book explores the implications of
postmodernity on religion. At the same time it questions the
centrality of the secularization thesis in sociology of religion as
well as calling for reflexivity as a more central aspect of
sociological 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 stimulating
account of the place of religion in postmodernity ... a work laden
with richness, a freshness of insight and a sense of immediacy.'
Journal of Contemporary Religion
"Jesus in Disneyland:Religion in Postmodern Times is a
highly distinctive and fresh commentary on contemporary religion
and late modernity by David Lyon, a writer able to embrace the
postmodern cultural turn with gusto and panache." European
Journal of Social Theory
"This work provides the most insightful understanding of the contemporary context for this field of study" Daryl Healea, Religious Studies Review"This book will provide a fruitful way of grasping some of the fortunes of religion in this postmodern era." Stimulus