This introductory chapter reviews evidence relating to different aspects of religious change and secularisation in British society and sets the wider context for the book’s core themes. It sets out the aims and scope of the book, the broad methodological approach followed and the range of sources used. It introduces the main sources in terms of recurrent social surveys and opinion polls. It outlines the distinctive but interrelated focus of the chapters and the empirical contribution each one makes. It emphasises that the analyses and findings reported in each chapter contribute to wider scholarly debates over the nature and extent of religious change and secularisation ins post-war Britain.


Religious Belief Religious Group British Society Opinion Poll Religious Identity 
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© Ben Clements 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Clements
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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