By A. Dinham
This publication uses empirical facts and idea to discover the position of faiths as public actors; their contribution to welfare providers, how they assist construct group solidarity, and holiday it down, and what it capacity for them and for others to be fascinated by new modes of governance.
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2001 Census of Canada. Catalogue number 97F0022XCB2001005. Faiths, Diversity and Localism 25 and this is also true of Canada. 5 per cent). In the US, there is no federal or governmental census question on religions and the data are drawn instead from independent nongovernmental sample-based studies, the most widely used, trusted and consistent of which are analysed and disseminated by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). A useful source is the Glenmary Research Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, whose primary goals are ‘to collect and maintain databases of current conditions and trends, cultivate a research library for use by Glenmary priests and brothers and ...
This analysis shows that just under 80 per cent of all parishes (or ‘neighbourhoods’) in England have some proportion of their population as people of other faiths than Christian, in contradiction to the suggestion that minority faiths are separated off somehow in urban areas and living ‘parallel lives’. The distribution is given in Table 4. Table 4 Distribution of population of faiths other than Christian in England % other Faiths No. 8 per cent of parishes with more than 10 per cent of their population as people of other faiths constitute 23 per cent of the total population.
All of these data are illuminating in making the case that faiths are highly diverse and are understood and ‘researched’ in differentiated ways from place to place. At the same time, I suggest that the UK example in particular stands as a general lesson that diversity of faiths must be taken into account if policy is to respond to and engage with faiths to best effect, here and elsewhere in the developed world. So where are the data? First there is census material, which locates the ‘where’ and ‘how many’ of faiths.
Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society: Problems, Policies, Controversies by A. Dinham