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Book Announcement: Grace Davie “Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox”

Grace Davie  Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox.

Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2015

Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox describes and explains the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain.  It explores the country’s increasing secularity alongside religion’s growing presence in public debate, and the impact of this paradox on different aspects of British society (religious organizations, politics, the law, education and welfare).  It is based on the highly successful Religion in Britain Since 1945 (Blackwell, 1994) but has been comprehensively re-written to reflect the current situation.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • Part I Preliminaries 1
  • 1 Introduction: A Framework for Discussion 3
  • 2 Contexts and Generations 19
  • 3 Facts and Figures 41
  • Part II Religious Legacies 69
  • 4 Cultural Heritage, Believing without Belonging and Vicarious Religion 71
  • 5 Territory, Politics and Institutions 91
  • 6 Presence: Who Can Do What For Whom? 113
  • Part III Shifting Priorities: From Obligation to Consumption 133
  • 7 An Emerging Market: Gainers and Losers 135
  • 8 Proliferations of the Spiritual 155
  • Part IV Public Religion and Secular Reactions 175
  • 9 Managing Diversity 177
  • 10 Religion in Public Life 197
  • Part V Thinking Theoretically 219
  • 11 Religion and Modernity Continued 221
  • References 237
  • Index 255

Grace Davie is Professor emeritus in Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK and a former President of the ISA RC 22 Research Committee