Welfare and religion in 21st century Europe. Vol. 1, Configuring the connections [electronic resource] / edited by Anders Bäckström, Grace Davie ; with Ninna Edgardh, Per Pettersson.

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Published: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., 2010.
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Summary:Historically, European churches have played a large part in the provision of welfare. Responsibility, however, has gradually shifted to the state – a shift that forms an integral part of the process of secularization and one that has been readily accepted by European populations. But what happens when the state itself begins to recede – a process that is occurring in most, if not all, European societies for a wide variety of reasons? The implications for welfare are considerable, not least for the role of the churches which begin to resume the responsibilities previously shed but in new and different ways.This book looks at the connections between religion and welfare in Europe, exploring in detail eight European societies – Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Germany, France, Italy and Greece. The different theological traditions, different church-state relationships and different welfare regimes are all examined. The analysis is based on first hand empirical research which considers not only the changing situation on the ground, but attitudes towards this within a range of different constituencies – the churches, local government and the general public. Particular attention is paid to the significance of gender in both the process of change and in attitudes towards this.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 243 p.) : ill., maps.
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Other format:Print version: Welfare and religion in 21st century Europe. Vol. 1, Configuring the connections. 9780754660200 9780754660309
Notes:Bib#: 1655609
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780754692560 (electronic bk.)
0754692566 (electronic bk.)