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Variations in churchgoing rates in England in 1851: Supply-side deficiency or demand-led decline?

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In the sociology of religion of the past thirty years or so, one can identify three major approaches to the relation of religion and modernity: secularization theory, the Stark-Bainbridge rational choice theory, and the Finke-Stark “supply-side” theory. In this paper, I study churchgoing rates in England in 1851 to examine which of these three theoretical approaches appears the most valid. Victorian England provides a compelling case study. Not only are the data very good (uniqu...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
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Publisher:
University of Oxford Publisher's website
Article number:
36
Series:
Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers
Place of publication:
Oxford
Publication date:
2000-08-01
Paper number:
36
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1172840
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pubs:1172840
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2021-04-22

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