Author Archives: Siobhan McAndrew

Getting Data on Scientology

Scientology appears to be in the news at the moment so it seems timely to offer some ideas on how to count Scientology in the UK. Continue reading

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Attitudes to new academy faith schools

The Academies Act 2010 is well underway, having received its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 19 July, and with Committee days due this week. A number of private and state religious schools have indicated interest in becoming state-funded academies, among about 1500 schools overall so far.
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Religion and the Hidden Wealth of Nations

Halpern’s discussion of religion is in a chapter called ‘The Politics of Virtue’, concerned with good citizenship. Despite Britons being generally averse to seeing politicians parade their personal religiosity,

‘an everyday sense of moral values and a shared sense of what is acceptable behaviour, is key to making a society work – it is part of the ‘hidden wealth’ of a successful nation’.
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Religiosity and Party Choice

It’s interesting to read Justin Parkinson, Political Reporter at the BBC, on Christianity and the election.

It’s noteworthy that in the European elections of 2009, the Christian Party – established five years earlier – won 250,000 votes, or 1.6 per cent nationally. While this was not a significant result at the national level, it was nevertheless ahead of Arthur Scargill’s Socialist Labour Party. The party also polled 2.9 per cent in London. Continue reading

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Christian Smith on research into religion: repositioning scholarly journal articles

A summary of Christian Smith’s paper, ‘Five Proposals for Reforming (Especially Quantitative) Journal Article Publishing Practices in the Sociology of Religion toward Improving the Quality, Value, and Cumulativeness of Our Scholarship’. Continue reading

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Taking Part in England

The Taking Part in England survey is a large survey of cultural and leisure participation in England, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The first was fielded in July 2005 and it has been run annually since then. The current collection agency is BMRB Social Research, which operates the survey via face-to-face interview. Continue reading

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It’s been a little while since I made a post here, having spent some time fixing other parts of the site. But I’ll make a dip back into the BRIN blog by flagging up the RELACHS survey. RELACHS is not yet … Continue reading

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Religious Census 1851 Online

For interested historians: the Census of Religious Worship of 1851 has been digitised and is available from two sources. First, there is the Online Historical Population Reports Website. The Report is indexed and can be viewed page-by-page, with each page … Continue reading

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Launch of

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, today launched a major government web portal drawing together official data sources. is still in beta version, but already offers a massive array of public data – 2879 data sources and … Continue reading

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