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Rival Jerusalems: The Geography of Victorian Religion

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Overview

The book stresses contextual and regional understanding of religion. Among the subjects covered for all of England and Wales are the geography of the Church of England, Roman Catholicism, the old and new dissenting denominations, the spatial complementarity of denominations, and their importance for political history. A range of further questions are then analysed in even greater detail, using massive parish datasets of religious, socio-economic and demographic data for 2,443 English and Welsh parishes. Among the issues treated are regional continuities in religion, the growth of religious pluralism, Sunday schools and child labour during industrialisation, free and appropriated church sittings, landownership and religion, and urbanisation and regional 'secularisation'. Regional contrasts between denominations, and between Wales and England, are persistent themes. The long-term importance of the geography of religion is stressed, for it bears on many crucial modern questions of regional cultures and national identities." "This book's advanced methods and findings will have far-reaching influence within the disciplines of history, historical and cultural geography, religious sociology, religious studies, and in the social science community in general.
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"it is a merit of this lucid and well organized book, which is distinguished by its excellent maps, that the sophisticated statistical techniques that are employed in it take full account of, and explore the vagaries of a set of material that emanated from a variety of local circumstances. These techniques are fully explained in text, footnotes, and appendices, but the regional emphasis, which is a strength of the book, means that its authors remain fully alert to the varieties of experience as well as behavior that lie behind the figures, and which are as important an influence on religious life as the social and economic conditions that they also discuss." Catholic Historical Review

"The author of this book have taken this unique snapshot and turned it into a richly nuanced portrait of religious practice in England and Wales....the material on this is used to good effect in the book." Catholic Historical Review Oct 2001

"...monumental...What the authors have done is to open up new dimensions of religious history, both regional and quantitative. In this sense, their work is indeed pathbreaking and stands as a landmark in social science." American Historical Review

"This book is the first substantial fruits of a major research project centered on the 1851 Census of Religious Worship for England and Wales...The authors are to be congratulated both on achieving a most significant advance in the study of the census and its implications, and on a judicious caution about the provisional nature of some of their own conclusions." Anglican and Episcopal History

"An exemplary contribution to quantitative regional studies in religious history and cultural geography." Religious Studies Review

"This is a major achievement. Anyone interested in nineteenth century religion in England and Wales must read it. But better than that, anyone who disagrees with Snell and Ell can access the data and repeat the analyses." Albion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521121224
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Religious Geographies: The Districts of England and Wales: 1. The 1851 Census of Religious Worship; 2. The Church of England; 3. Old dissent: the Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists, Quakers and Unitarians; 4. The geographies of new dissent; 5. Roman Catholicism and Irish immigration; 6. Denominational co-existence, reciprocity or exclusion?; Part II. Religion and Locality: Parish-Level Explorations: 7. The prospect of fifteen counties; 8. From Henry Compton to Maurice Mann: stability or relocation in Catholicism and Nonconformity, and the growth of religious pluralism; 9. The Sunday school movement: child labour, denominational control and working-class culture; 10. Free or appropriated sittings: the Anglican church in perspective; 11. Conformity, dissent and the influence of landownership; 12. Urbanisation and regional secularisation; Technical Appendices: A. Denominational statistics; B. Correction of registration-district data; C. The religious measures; D. Computer cartographic methods; E. Landownership and the Imperial Gazetteer; F. The 1861 Census of Religious Worship?; Bibliography.

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