English title: Cohort Religiosity: Does it Stay at a Stable Level Everywhere and Across all Cohorts?

Author(s): Marion Burkimsher -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2011


Conclusions: In countries where young people are at least as religious as older people, then growth is commonly happening. This is most marked in Georgia, but it is also seen in Romania, Latvia and Russia. In countries where most secularisation is happening, then period effects are causing a decline in religiosity across many cohorts - AND there are large inter-cohort differentials. This is seen mainly in the predominantly Catholic countries (which often had higher attendance rates at the start of the period). Not all Catholic countries are being affected as strongly. In many countries there appears to be convergence to a certain level of religious observance; in the most secular countries this band is generally 6-12% of the younger cohorts. In other countries, there is convergence at a higher level. The two major events that have affected religious observance were the Second World War and the fall of communism.

Conference name: British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Study Group, Religion and Social Theory: Developing a New Agenda for the Sociology of Religion

Location: Birmingham

Start date: Apr 11, 2011

Type: Paper

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