Books

Oxford University Press (Forthcoming March 2023): Good News for Common Goods: Multicultural Evangelicalism and Ethical Democracy in America

“Markofski’s ethnography on multicultural evangelicalism is much needed, deeply nuanced, and highly accessible. A must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of race, politics, and evangelicals in America.”
–John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, Washington University in St. Louis

“Markofski has written an ambitious and wide-ranging book mapping new terrain in the study of American evangelicalism and marking future directions for that broad religious movement so critical to American and global society.  The book’s compelling argument will matter for the future of evangelical Christianity, for the future of democracy, and for how we understand ‘public religion’ generally.  We need this book for meeting the current historical moment.” 
Richard L. Wood, Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico, author of Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America and A Shared Future: Faith-based Organizing for Racial Equity (with Brad Fulton) 

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

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“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