Avi Astor


Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and member of ISOR. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2011. Before joining ISOR, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with GRITIM-UPF and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. He has written on a variety of topics related to religion, culture, identity, and intergroup relations. He recently published a book entitled, Rebuilding Islam in Contemporary Spain: The Politics of Mosque Establishment, 1976–2013 (Sussex Academic Press, 2017). His work has also appeared in several prominent journals, including Theory and Society, The International Migration Review, The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.Scientific Study of Religion.


Contributions

2017 Rebuilding Islam in Contemporary Spain: The Politics of Mosque Establishment, 1976-2013. Eastbourne, UK: Sussex Academic Press.

2017 (with M. Burchardt and M. Griera) The Politics of Religious Heritage: Framing Claims to Religion as Culture. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 56(1):126-142.

2016 Social Position and Place-Protective Action in a New Immigration Context: Understanding Anti-Mosque Campaigns in Catalonia. International Migration Review, 50(1):95-132.

2014 Religious Governance and Muslim Accommodation in Contemporary Spain. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(11):1716-1735.

2012 Memory, Community, and Opposition to Mosques: The Case of Badalona. Theory and Society, 41(4):325-349


Areas of interest

Religion

Culture

Immigration

Diversity

Identity

Collective Memory

 


Teaching

“General Sociology” (undergraduate program, UAB)

“Religion in the Age of Pluralism” (master’s program, UPF)