Re-imagining Religion and Belief

Christopher Baker, Beth R. Crisp, and Adam Dinham

Re-imagining Religion and Belief

Christopher Baker, Beth R. Crisp, and Adam Dinham

Distributed for Bristol University Press

152 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781447347095 Published September 2018 For sale in North and South America only
The need to reimagine religion and belief is precipitated by their greater visibility in public life. Meanwhile, social policy responses often see them from a problem-based, rather than an asset-based, approach. However, with growing diversity of religion and belief in every sector comes the potential for new dialogues across previously impermeable policy and disciplinary silos. This volume brings together leading international authors to critically consider these challenges within legal and policy frameworks, including security and cohesion, welfare, law, health and social care, inequality, cohesion, extremism, migration and abuse. It challenges policy makers to re-imagine religion and belief as an integral part of public life that contains resources, practices, forms of knowledge and experience that are essential to a coherent policy approach to diversity, enhanced democracy and participation.
Contents
Introduction ~ Chris Baker, Beth R Crisp and Adam Dinham; Part 1: Re-imagining religion and belief spaces; The need to re-imagine religion and belief ~ Adam Dinham, Christopher Baker and Beth R. Crisp; Re-negotiating religion and belief in the public square: Definitions, debates, controversies ~ Christopher Baker and Adam Dinham; Geographical landscapes of religion ~ Paul Cloke and Andrew Williams; Spatial methodology’ in religion and belief research: the example of a study of Twelver Shii Muslim networks in Britain ~ Oliver Scharbrodt; Part 2: Re-imagining Public Policy and Practice; Law and Religion: a survey of cases in the UK and what they reveal ~ Lucy Vickers; Reading religion through the lessons of legal decisions and reactions to them ~ Lori G. Beaman; Religion and belief in postcolonial policy in Australia ~ Mark G. Brett; Re-imagining the place of religion in the workplace: the example of Australian social work ~ Beth R. Crisp; Religious literacy in welfare and civil society: a Nordic perspective ~ Annette Leis-Peters; Part 3: Re-imagining the future; Policy futures for religion and belief ~ Chris Baker, Beth R Crisp and Adam Dinham.
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