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Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark c.1880–1939$
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S. C. Williams

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207696.001.0001

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Religious Belief and Popular Culture

Religious Belief and Popular Culture

(p.1) 1 Religious Belief and Popular Culture
Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark c.1880–1939

S. C. Williams

Oxford University Press

Popular religion is defined as a generally shared understanding of religious meaning including both folk beliefs as well as formal and officially sanctioned practices and ideas, operating within a loosely bound interpretative community. These formed part of a particular value orientation or culture: a generalized and organized conception of nature, of man's place in it, of man's relation to man and of the desirable and non-desirable as they relate to man's environment and interpersonal relations. This book is devoted to exploring these kinds of beliefs. It does so within the context of a local study of the London Borough of Southwark.

Keywords:   popular religion, folk belief, religious beliefs, Southwark, borough

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