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Rana Jawad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423900

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423900.001.0001

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The contemporary British context: social and policy profiles in relation to religion

The contemporary British context: social and policy profiles in relation to religion

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(p.91) Three The contemporary British context: social and policy profiles in relation to religion
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Religion and faith-based welfare
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Rana Jawad

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423900.003.0004

Introduces the contemporary social and policy profiles of the UK in relation to religion. It describes the changing political, social and economic climate in the UK which has engendered more religion-friendly public policy. A profile of poverty and social problems in relation to religious groups in the UK is discussed. Existing data on the religious welfare sector are also provided – its size and financial base. The chapter situates pluralism and concern with social exclusion at the heart of the changing religious climate of the UK. It then describes the key policy developments that have taken place particularly after Blair won the 1996 election. The discussion of the UK is compared as appropriate to the situation of other countries within and beyond Europe and North America.

Keywords:   Religion, poverty, UK, social deprivation, Muslims, census data, post-secular, post-Christian

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