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Faith in the public realm: Controversies, policies and practices

Adam Dinham, Robert Furbey, and Vivien Lowndes


Based on primary research, this book explores the controversies, policies and practices of ‘public faith’, questioning perceptions of a fixed divide between religious and secular participants in public life and challenging prevailing concepts of a monolithic ‘neutral’ public realm. It takes an in-depth look at the distinctiveness of faith groups' contribution, but also probes the conflicts and dilemmas that arise, assessing the role and capacity of faith groups within specific public policy contexts, including education, regeneration, housing and community cohesion.

Keywords: public faith, public life, public realm, faith groups, public policy contexts, education, regeneration, housing, community, cohesion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420305
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Dinham, editor

Robert Furbey, editor

Vivien Lowndes, editor

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