None of the Above
Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada
Almost a quarter of Canadian and American adults are nonreligious, while youth are even more likely to identify as such. None of the Above explores the growing phenomenon of these “religious nones” in North America. Who are they, why and where is this population growing, and what impact are they having on today’s societal and political trends?
While the impact of secularism in both Europe and the United States has received much attention of late, little work has been done in Canada. In None of the Above, two Canadian scholars set about collecting current data in order to understand how a nonreligious identity impacts daily life in Canada, with comparisons to those living in the US. Though they find similarities, they also find key differences. With more nonreligious people living in Canada than in the US, the authors suggest that a growing divide between religious and nonreligious populations could engender a greater distance in moral and political values and behaviours than ever before.
“Greatly advances our knowledge about nonreligion in North America. Thiessen and Wilkins-Laflamme add a much-needed comparative perspective, provide the most in-depth analysis of nonreligion in Canada available, and expertly use mixed methods to narrate in rich detail both the long-term trends in nonreligion and the lived experiences of secular individuals. . . . Essential reading for understanding important changes to religion and society in both the US and Canada. ” —Joseph O. Baker, author of American Secularism
“Clearly written and highly accessible, this book will make a significant contribution to the sociological study of religious nones in North America. ” —Chad Seales, author of Religion Around Bono and The Secular Spectacle
“A unique and especially welcome addition to the field. The empirical foundations of this work mark it out as superior to other books in this area. An excellent treatment of an important topic. ” —David Voas, co-director of the British Religion in Numbers Project