Religiosity & Social Groups

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  • Religiosity & social groups
    • Gender
      • Miller and Hoffman
        • 3 reasons for women’s higher levels of religiosity: 
          • risk taking
          • socialisation
          • gender roles
      • Bruce
        • Women’s religiosity is a result of their lower levels of involvement in paid work, religion has recently been adopted into the private sphere of the home so women have more time to follow religion
      • Most churchgoers are females who outnumber males by almost half a million
      • more women than men (55% vs 44%) say they’re religious
      • more women than men (38% vs 26% say that religion is important to them.
    • Ethnicity
      • ·       The UK is now seen as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society.
      • Bird (1999) .
        • notes that religion can hold community solidarity to the minorities who are poor and oppressed
      • Bruce
        • Bruce (2002) argues that religion offers support and a sense of cultural identity, this becomes especially relevant in uncertain or hostile environments
      • Religion can also be used as a means into easing the transition into a new culture by providing support and a sense of community. 
    • Age
      • The older a person is, the more likely they are to attend religious services
      • Voas and Crockett (2005)
        • suggest 3 possible explanations for age differences in religiosity:
          • the ageing effect
          • the period or cohort effect
          • secularisation


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