Roman Catholics in England
Studies in Social Structure Since the Second World War
By (author) Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
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Roman Catholics in England by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
Book DescriptionThis book is about change in the Roman Catholic community in England and Wales. It argues that in the post-war years of economic growth and expanded educational opportunities, Catholics born in Great Britain achieved rates of upward social mobility comparable to those of the general population. In so doing there arose a 'new Catholic middle class', likely to be crucial for the future of Roman Catholicism in England and Wales. However, since one quarter of English Catholics were first-generation immigrants who had experienced some downward mobility, it could not be said that English Catholics generally had experienced a 'mobility momentum' relative to the rest of the population. Apart from the effects of social change, post-war Catholicism was also transformed as a result of the religious reforms legitimated by the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s. The net effect of these social and religious forces on English Catholicism was the dissolution of the boundaries which had formerly defended a 'fortress' church in a hostile world. The book identifies this, inter alia, in the widespread heterodoxy of belief and practice, and in the decline of marital endogamy and communal involvement.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521090063
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
Roman Catholic Beliefs in England, Paperback (January 2009)
This 1991 book makes available an empirical study of the transformations in religious beliefs that have occurred amongst English Catholics.
Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, Hardback (November 2006)
An overview of Catholic social thought, both official and non-official, particularly in recent decades, first published in 2006.
Politics of Spirituality, Hardback (August 1995)» View all books by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
This study describes a recent attempt to revitalize declining religious practices in England through the use of the RENEW programme. It draws conclusions about the control of spirituality and the significance of hierarchical structures and lay participation within religious organizations.
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