“For over three decades, the political leaders of the Christian Right have presented evangelical Protestantism as a static monolith and secular observers have eagerly ratified this picture. Drawing on a half-decade of ethnographic observation and the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu, Wes Markofski shatters this portrait to reveal the internal fault-lines within the evangelical ‘field’ and the ongoing conflicts that are radically reshaping it. Along the way, he provides an intimate portrait of the most dynamic element in contemporary evangelicalism: ‘the new urban monastics.’ Evangelical monastics, you say? Read on.”
–Philip Gorski, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Yale University

“Markofski’s profound contribution is to demonstrate how American evangelicalism continues to innovate and evolve from within.  Scholars studying evangelicalism and those interested in theory will find the discussion of the reproduction and transformation of the subculture especially compelling.”– Sociology of Religion

“Through his detailed observations and lively prose, readers will encounter the art galleries, food pantries, homes, and pubs where the new monastics congregate. They will also encounter a sophisticated theoretical argument. … Markofski provides the most satisfying map of evangelicalism to appear in years.” – Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“Wes Markofski’s new book on the “new monastic” movement within American evangelicalism is significant. It offers the most thoroughgoing application of Bourdieusian field theory to any religious group yet published by a social scientist. … Markofski’s writing is lucid and his analysis is compelling.” – Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

New Monasticism is an important addition to the sociology of religion.” – American Journal of Sociology


New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2015)