Identity, Politics, and the Future(s) of Religion in the UK: The Case of the Religion Questions in the 2001 Decennial Census

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Abstract

With the publication of the results of the United Kingdom's decennial Census questions on religion it is important to situate this data within the wider social and religious contexts that led to the inclusion of these questions in the Census. This includes engagement with some of the issues likely to affect both the data itself and the uses to which it might be put. The varied forms of the questions on religion as asked in different parts of the UK are outlined within the context of a discussion of the scholarly taxonomy of religions. The questions are also explored in the light of the interplay between the varied categories of religions and the official 'recognition' implied by their use within the Census. Finally, the place of religious statistics within the 'politics of identity' as well as their potential contribution to the development of a communalist 'identity politics' are critically explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Religion
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Statistics
  • UK Census

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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