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Belief and ageing: Spiritual pathways in later life

Peter G. Coleman


Based on forty years' interviewing experience, this book illustrates the variety of religious, spiritual, and other beliefs held by older people. It provides models of research procedure, especially in the context of bereavement. Participants include not only British Christians, but also Muslims, Humanists, and witnesses of the Soviet persecution of religion. The author argues that both welfare professionals and gerontologists need to pay far more consideration to belief as a constituent of well-being in later life. The book looks to the future and increasing diversity of choice in matters of ... More

Keywords: religion, spirituality, bereavement, Britain, Christianity, Islam, Humanism, Soviet Union, persecution, gerontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424600
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter G. Coleman, author