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List of Figures and Tables ix Preface xi Part I Preliminaries 1 1 Introduction: A Framework for Discussion 3 2 Contexts and Generations 19 3 Facts and Figures 41 Part II Religious Legacies 69 4 Cultural Heritage, Believing without Belonging and Vicarious Religion 71 5 Territory, Politics and Institutions 91 6 Presence: Who Can Do What For Whom? 113 Part III Shifting Priorities: From Obligation to Consumption 133 7 An Emerging Market: Gainers and Losers 135 8 Proliferations of the Spiritual 155 Part IV Public Religion and Secular Reactions 175 9 Managing Diversity 177 10 Religion in Public Life 197 Part V Thinking Theoretically 219 11 Religion and Modernity Continued 221 References 237 Index 255

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Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Exeter UK and a senior adviser to the Impact of Religion Research Programme at Uppsala University. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003). Her publications include Religion in Britain since 1945 (Blackwell 1994), Religion in Modern Europe (2000), Europe: the Exceptional Case (2002) and The Sociology of Religion (Sage 2007 and 2013).


"But now, says Grace Davie, a sociology professor at Exeter University, the picture has completely changed, in ways that nobody could have foreseen in 1994 when she brought out the first edition of her book...The position of Christianity (as measured by church-going, rites of passage and answers to opinion polls) has suffered steady though not yet catastrophic decline in its presumed strongholds: rural areas with a settled population, schools favoured by the middle class, and so on. But church-going in London, along with the practice of many other religions, has risen quite sharply. In a new and massively revised version of her work, Ms Davie says she has to take account of the "huge religious market-place" which London has become." Bruce Clark, The Economist

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