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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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Religion by Deputy: The Church and the Community

Religion by Deputy: The Church and the Community

(p.126) 6 Religion by Deputy: The Church and the Community
Religious Belief and Popular Culture in Southwark c.1880–1939

S. C. Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights a number of customs which were practised within popular culture and which formed part of the outworking of a particular notion of what it meant to be a good, moral, and Christian person within the community. The pattern of irregular church attendance did not necessarily imply the absence or the irrelevance of church-based images, symbols, and hymns within popular culture. Beyond the realms of formal church attendance there existed a network of association, attachment, and identification whereby church-based symbols were incorporated as part of a distinct popular identity and heritage. Sunday school attendance, hymns, and prayers were ascribed particular meaning as a part of familial culture.

Keywords:   Christianity, religious customs, popular religion, Sunday school, popular culture

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