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Secularization in the Long 1960s: Numerating Religion in Britain

Clive D. Field


This is a major empirical contribution to the literature of secularization, both generally and in Britain, which moves beyond the now largely sterile and theoretical debates about the validity of the secularization thesis or paradigm. Combining historical and social scientific perspectives and approaches, the author uses a wide range of quantitative sources, many of them unpublished or otherwise neglected, to probe the extent and pace of religious change in Britain during the long 1960s. In most cases, data are presented for the years 1955–80, with particular attention being paid to the method ... More

Keywords: 1960s, Callum Brown, Great Britain, methodology, opinion polls, quantification, religious history, religious statistics, secularization, sociology of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799474
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198799474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive D. Field, author
Honorary Research Fellow, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham