One reason why people from some ethnic minorities seem to have a higher participation rate in religion

Exam questions on ethnic minorities

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Identify and briefly explain one reason why people

 One mark for an appropriate reason identified such as:

religion may be linked to cultural defence

the practice may be apparent, not real.


Two further marks for a satisfactory explanation such as:

Religion may provide community functions: religious organisations may have significance in the community to provide social network functions. E.g. reinforcing the identity of a community.

People may have religious belief as something carried over from a previous culture: research from sociologists such as Herberg has shown that for some newly immigrant groups maintaining their existing religion are an important element in their cultural life.

Religious activity may be linked to the maintenance of a previous culture: people may return to old religious beliefs as part of discovering their heritage.

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