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Title: A geography of religion in Scotland
Author: Piggott, Charles Antony
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The concern is with explaining religious distributions in Scotland on the basis of selected socio-economic variables and a model is formed of the geography of the Church in Scotland in terms of the demand for its ministrations and the provision made for its users. A historical perspective traces the evolution of the regionality and diversity of Scottish religion, and this forms a basis for an understanding of present-day patterns. Particular use is made of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship and Education. The evidence of the twentieth century supports the concept of secularisation and refinements to the concept are suggested by geographical analysis. The post-World War Two period stands out in that many denominations have experienced a notable decline in membership during these years. In order to explain these changes and their real expression a variety of independent variables are analysed and incorporated into the model. The data necessitate that two approaches be adopted: an aggregate time series analysis and a disaggregated spatial analysis, both of which employ regression methods. In these analyses the role of migration in causing not only the redistribution of demarcl but also of contributing to the fall in membership is identified. From a survey of 21 congregations distributed along a selected transact through Scotland, church member behaviour is modelled in urban and rural areas and two types of urban congregation are distinguished. At each stage a review of institutional adjustment to supply is made and it shows that historically the Church was in a position to influence demand through its provision of supply. Latterly, supply has been constrained by trends in demand but Church policies and decision-making processes are seen to influence the development of the geography of the Church as much as changes in the geography of known demand.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.660611  DOI: Not available
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