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Religion, Education and SocietyThis volume presents findings from recent research focusing on young people and the way they relate to religion in their education and upbringing. The essays are diverse and multidisciplinary - in terms of the religions they discuss (including Christianity, Islam and Sikhism); the settings where young people reflect on religion (the classroom, youth club, peer group, families, respective religious communities and wider society); the different perspectives which relate to religious education and socialisation (the teaching of RE, the role of teachers in pupils’ lives, the way teachers’ personal lives shape their approach to teaching, school ethos and social context, and the place and rationale of RE); the contexts within which the authors work (different national settings and various academic disciplines); and the methodology used (qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches).The authors make important contributions to the debate about the role of religious education in the curriculum. They demonstrate the crucially important formative influence of religious education in young people’s lives which reaches well into their adulthood, shaping religious and other identities, and attitudes towards the ‘other’ - whatever that ‘other’ may be.This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Beliefs & Values.
Report on gender and career progression in TRS, TRS-UK website
The low proportion of women within the subject areas of Theology and Religious Studies has long been observed, and is increasingly recognised as a serious problem for staff and students. In this new study, Mathew Guest, Religion and Society Programme Award Holder, Sonya Sharma and Robert Song chart patterns of gender imbalance among staff and students across UK TRS departments, exploring why such patterns remain so persistent. Drawing on interviews with TRS academics across the country, the report examines the professional life of female university staff, and makes recommendations for how universities might address the inequalities of opportunity and practice that emerge.
Everyday Lived Islam in Europe
New book in the Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series available: 'Everyday Lived Islam in Europe'
• Introduction, Nathal M. Dessing, Nadia Jeldtoft, Jørgen S. Nielsen and Linda Woodhead
• Part 1 Studying Everyday Lived Islam in Theory and Practice
• Linda Woodhead: Tactical and strategic religion
• Nadia Jeldtoft: The hypervisibility of Islam
• Nathal M. Dessing: How to study everyday Islam
• Part 2 Case Studies
• Raana Bokhari: Bihishti Zewar: Islam, text, and the daily lives of Gujarati women in Leicester
• Daniel Nilsson DeHanas: Elastic orthodoxy: the tactics of young Muslim identity in the East End of London
• Nadia Jeldtoft: Spirituality and emotions: making a room of one’s own
• Sidsel Vive Jensen and Lene Kühle: ‘School Islam’: lived religion in the context of a secular public institution
• Jonas Otterbeck: Experiencing Islam: narratives about faith by young adult Muslims in Malmö and Copenhagen
• F. Javier Rosón: Daily life and conflict in the Albayzín neighbourhood of Granada
• Marja Tiilikainen: Illness, healing and everyday Islam: transnational lives of Somali migrant women
• Jørgen S. Nielsen: Concluding reflections: everyday lived Islam and the future of Islamic studies
More details at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472417534
Anyone buying the book through http://www.ashgate.com will automatically receive a 10% discount.
Religion and Personal Life
This book is based on the Westminster Faith Debates of 2013 and has commentary by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke. The series covered the theme of religion and personal life, and invited leading figures to debate some of the most controversial topics of the day, including abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia. The debates attracted a great deal of interest and media coverage, and we received many requests to make them available in print. This is the result. It presents the best of the series in a condensed form, together with additional research findings and teaching materials. We offer new commentary and reflection in every chapter to draw out the most important themes and conclusions.
The book is available to buy here for just £8.99
YouGov poll results on Christian B&B gay discrimination case, Faith Debates Website
A YouGov poll commissioned by Westminster Faith Debates shows the over 60s and under 50s are sharply divided on B&B discrimination case
Parents' choice of faith schools is academic, The War Cry
An article referring to YouGov Poll Commissioned by Professor Linda Woodhead
It's the exams, not the values, church schools are told, The Church Times
An article referring to YouGov Poll commissioned by Professor Linda Woodhead.
Faith schools chosen for quality, not religion, The Times
Article referring to YouGov Poll survey commissioned by Prof Linda Woodhead
Church fails to keep the faith as believers opt for God alone, The Times
Same-sex Marriage, FutureFirst
Top doctors push for an assisted suicide law, The Catholic Herald
Law on assisted dying - Peer, priest and palliative carers debate, War Cry
An article in War Cry, 18.5.13, references WFD
Briterne debatterer lovaendring om aktiv dodshjaelp, Etik.dk
An article in Danish newspaper, Etik.dk, 16.5.13, references WFD
Summary of Press Releases for Westminster Faith Debates Spring 2013
This report is a summary of the press releases issues for each of the Westminster Faith Debates held in Spring 2013
Right or duty to die?, The Tablet
An article in The Tablet, 11.5.2013, written by Linda Woodhead and Rob George, who participated in the WFD discussing assisted dying.
Britisk flertal for aktiv dodshjaelp, Etik.dk
An article on Danish website, Etik.dk, referring to the Westminster Faith Debate on 2nd May 2013.
Christians back change in assisted suicide law, poll finds, The Times
New families, old values, The Tablet
Article in The Tablet, 13.4.2013, references WFD, Prof Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, Arts & Humanities Research Council and Economic & Social Research Council. Featuring analysis of the Debate by two of the participants, Fr Andrew Goddard and Professor Rosalind Edwards.
Families valued at debate, War Cry
Article in The War Cry, 13.4.2013, references WFD 27.3.2013, and YouGov Survey
Broad views on 'family', The Church Times
Article in the Church Times, 12.4.2013, references WFD 27.3.2013 and YouGov survey.
Disappointing Debate, The Church of England Newspaper
Article in The Church of England Newspaper, 7.4.2013, references WFD 27.3.2013
Poll reveals positive statistics about views on gay family life, Midlands Zone magazine
An article in Midlands Zone magazine, 1.4.13, references YouGov Poll and University of Lancaster
First Things First, The Tablet
An article in The Tablet referencing WFD 13th Feburary 2013
Sex rears its head, The Tablet
An article in The Tablet 23rd February 2013 referencing WFD 27th February 2013