Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto (eds.) (2012) Religion and Change in Modern Britain. London: Routledge.
Adam recently contributed a chapter to a new book, which has come out of the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme. The following information was supplied by Linda Woodhead and Rebecca Catto for the EHRC Religion or Belief Research Network.
This book offers a fully up-to-date and comprehensive guide to religion in Britain since 1945. It presents the latest research, including results from the £12m AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme. A team of leading scholars provide a fresh analysis and overview, with a particular focus on diversity and change. Following an introduction by Linda Woodhead and a discussion of controversies as a lens on change (Malory Nye and Paul Weller), other main chapters examine:
• relations between religious and secular beliefs and institutions (David Martin with Rebecca Catto);
• the evolving role and status of the churches, including their loss of monopoly (Mathew Guest, Betsy Olson and John Wolffe) and ritualization (Douglas Davies);
• the growth and ‘settlement’ of non-Christian religious communities, including Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism (Robert Bluck, Sophie Gilliat-Ray, David Graham, Gurharpal Singh and John Zavos);
• the spread and diversification of alternative spiritualities (Giselle Vincett and Graham Harvey) and ‘God-change’ (Mark Chapman, Shuruq Naguib and Linda Woodhead);
• religion in welfare and education (Adam Dinham and Bob Jackson), the media (Kim Knott and Jolyon Mitchell), politics and law (Gladys Ganiel and Peter Jones); and;
• theoretical cultural (Callum Brown and Gordon Lynch) and social (Elisabeth Arweck and Jim Beckford) perspectives on religious change.
There are also a series of short case studies on the United Reformed Church; the Inter Faith Network; the religiosity of young people; multi-faith spaces; religion, youth cultures and popular music; faith-based organisations and the provision of services for the homeless; and ‘opting-out’ of religious education.