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Title: Religion and social class in mid-nineteenth century Aberdeen
Author: MacLaren, A. A.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1971
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This study analyses aspects of the relationship between religion and social class in mid-nineteenth century Aberdeen and is primarily concerned with the Presbyterian denominations. More specifically it is a study of the emergence and development of the Free Church. The Disruption is analysed within the context of changes which had taken place in the form of industrial production whereby the city as a centre of manufacturing had replaced the domestic production of the countryside. The concomitant changes in the social structure, and the divisions which resulted within the old ruling families, are probed. An extensive analysis is undertaken of the social patterns of adherence to the Established and Free Churches and the subsequent development of the Free Church is explained in terms of the social support it enjoyed in 1843. A detailed examination is made of the Census of Religious Worship in 1851, and problems associated with working-class attendance, and participation in church government. Working-class religiosity - measured by belief in church "connection" - is explained within the context of the prevailing forms of social control, notably educational provisions. The attempts by the Presbyterians to bridge the gap between church "connection" and church attendance are analysed and compared with the missionary efforts of other denominations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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