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Title: Weekly churchgoing amongst Roman Catholics in Britain: long-term trends and contemporary analysis
Authors: Clements, Ben
First Published: 10-Oct-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE)
Citation: Journal of Beliefs and Values, 2016, pp. 1-13
Abstract: Declining communal religious practice in the form of regular churchgoing is a key area in the measurement and study of religious change and secularisation. The general trends in attendance in Britain have been well-researched. However, there has been less consideration of change and continuity in religious practice within different religious traditions. This article provides a detailed assessment of the trends in weekly churchgoing amongst Roman Catholics and then examines the socio-demographic factors associated with regular churchgoing. In long-term perspective, there has been a clear decline in weekly churchgoing amongst Catholics, corroborated by data across several recurrent social surveys. In terms of contemporary churchgoing, weekly attenders are more likely to be older, have higher socio-economic status and have children in the household. But, contrary to the well-established association between women and religiosity, there were no significant differences in weekly attendance between men and women, nor on the basis of ethnic background.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13617672.2016.1237422
ISSN: 1361-7672
eISSN: 1469-9362
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: The file associated with this record is embargoed until 18 months after the date of publication. The final published version may be available through the links above.
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