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Religious change and secularisation in Scotland: An analysis of affiliation and attendance

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posted on 25.01.2018, 13:13 by Ben Clements
Building on Brown (1997) and Field's (2001) research into religious decline and secularisation in Scotland in the later decades of the 20th-century, this article uses data from recurrent social surveys, nationally-representative of the Scottish adult population, to assess the nature and extent of religious change in the 21st-century. It examines recent trends in religious affiliation and attendance in Scotland, compares key indicators in England and Scotland to assess areas of similarity and difference in terms of religion and secularity, and assesses the contemporary socio-demographic basis of affiliation and attendance in Scotland. The empirical results show that religious affiliation and attendance have further attenuated in Scotland in recent years, with a growing proportion of adults reporting that they were raised outside of any religious tradition. Indicators of secularity are most marked amongst younger age groups. The ‘haemorrhage of faith’ documented in the latter part of the 20th-century in Scotland has continued into the early part of the 21st-century.

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Citation

Scottish Affairs, 2017, 26 (2), pp. 133-162

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Scottish Affairs

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

issn

0966-0356

eissn

2053-888X

Copyright date

2017

Available date

25/01/2018

Publisher version

https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/scot.2017.0175

Language

en