Becoming Citizens of "Postsecular" Britain: Religion in Primary School Life

Anna Harriet Block Strhan, Joanna Malone, Peter Hemming, Sarah Neal

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This paper presents emerging findings from a three-year study investigating the role of religion in the work that schools do to foster citizenship and national identity, how pupils and parents understand and experience these processes, and what this means for children’s sense of belonging in wider society. Our presentation draws on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in primary schools in four diverse religious/nonreligious ‘microclimates’ in Northwest England, Southern England, Scotland and Wales to consider how regional contingencies contribute to shaping lived religion and citizenship practices, and how this intersects with aspects of class, ethnicity, and race in shaping belonging and in/exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 5 Jul 2023
EventBSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2023: Religion and Power - University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20237 Jul 2023


ConferenceBSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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