Religion in Gosforth, 1951-2011: A Sociology Classic Revisited

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Abstract

In The Sociology of an English Village: Gosforth, W. M. Williams described the religious life of rural Cumbria in the early 1950s. This research updates that study. Data on various indices of church and chapel involvement show the disappearance of communal conformity to the Church and increased commitment from the smaller core of committed members. The changed status of the Church is discussed as is its continuing role as occasional representative of the parish at large.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalRural Theology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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Keywords

  • Anglican Church
  • community
  • deference
  • church adherance

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