By Clive D. Field
Secularization within the lengthy Sixties: Numerating faith in Britain' offers a big empirical contribution to the literature of secularization. It strikes past the now mostly sterile and theoretical debates in regards to the validity of the secularization thesis or paradigm. Combining historic and social medical views, Clive D. box makes use of a variety of quantitative resources to probe the level and speed of spiritual swap in Britain in the course of the lengthy Nineteen Sixties. normally, information is gifted for the years 1955-80, with specific awareness to the methodological and different demanding situations posed via each one resource sort. Following an introductory bankruptcy, which experiences the historiography, introduces the resources, and defines the chronological and different parameters, box offers facts for all significant aspects of non secular belonging, behaving, and believing, in addition to for institutional church measures. The paintings engages with, and mostly refutes, Callum G. Brown's influential statement that Britain skilled "revolutionary" secularization within the Sixties, which was once hugely gendered in nature, and with 1963 the most important tipping-point. as a substitute, a extra nuanced photograph emerges with a few non secular symptoms in trouble, others carrying on with on an present downward trajectory, and but others ultimate solid. construction on past study through the writer and different students, and rejecting fresh proponents of counter-secularization, the lengthy Nineteen Sixties are eventually situated in the context of a longstanding gradualist, and nonetheless ongoing, means of secularization in Britain. Read more...
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Brenner, ‘Investigating the Effect of Bias in Survey Measures of Church Attendance’, Sociology of Religion 73 (2012): 361–83. 81 For a conspectus of British and American research, see M. Argyle, Religious Behaviour (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958); M. Argyle and B. Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975). 82 J. D. Gay, The Geography of Religion in England (London: Duckworth, 1971); C. A. Piggott, Population Change and the Churches in Scotland, 1951–1971 (Edinburgh: Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, 1977); idem, ‘A Geography of Religion in Scotland’ (PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1978); idem, ‘A Geography of Religion in Scotland’, Scottish Geographical Introduction 17 contributions until the 1970s.
In other words, they are snapshots of religious profession at a particular point in time rather than a record of the religious movements of individuals over Field, ‘Measuring Religious Afﬁliation’, 371–2. D. Voas and A. Crockett, ‘Religion in Britain: Neither Believing nor Belonging’, Sociology 39 (2005): 11–28; A. Crockett and D. Voas, ‘Generations of Decline: Religious Change in 20thCentury Britain’, Journal for the Scientiﬁc Study of Religion 45 (2006): 567–84; S. uk/ news/2011/religious-afﬁliation-by-birth-decade/>.
82 J. D. Gay, The Geography of Religion in England (London: Duckworth, 1971); C. A. Piggott, Population Change and the Churches in Scotland, 1951–1971 (Edinburgh: Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, 1977); idem, ‘A Geography of Religion in Scotland’ (PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1978); idem, ‘A Geography of Religion in Scotland’, Scottish Geographical Introduction 17 contributions until the 1970s. 87 It is actually quite difﬁcult to interpret and compare, for the research among pupils was generally conducted in school under classroom conditions, and different ages Magazine 96 (1980): 130–40; I.
Secularization in the Long 1960s: Numerating religion in Britain by Clive D. Field