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Religion, spirituality and the social sciences: Challenging marginalisation

Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual


A growing number of people are claiming or reclaiming a religious or spiritual identity for themselves. Yet, in contemporary Western societies, the frameworks of understanding that have developed within the social science disciplines, and which are used to analyse data, are secular in nature, and so may be inappropriate for investigating some aspects of religion, spirituality and faith and how these intersect with individuals' lives. This book addresses important theoretical and methodological issues to explore ways of engaging with religion and spirituality when carrying out social science re ... More

Keywords: religious identity, spiritual identity, faith, secularism, secularisation, social science research

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420411
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Basia Spalek, editor

Alia Imtoual, editor

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Alia Imtoual, and Basia Spalek


Basia Spalek, and Alia Imtoual

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