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Fragmented Catholicity and Social Cohesion

Casson, Ann

Fragmented Catholicity and Social Cohesion

Faith Schools in a Plural Society

Series: Religion, Education and Values - Volume 3

Year of Publication: 2013

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. VIII, 190 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0896-0 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.300 kg, 0.661 lbs

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Book synopsis

Faith schools make visible a connection between religion and education, a much-contested aim. Principled arguments are frequently made for and against these schools, without evidence from empirical research. This book attempts to address the issues raised by religious education by offering a rich in-depth ethnographic case study of Catholic secondary schools, exploring pupils’ perceptions of life in the Catholic secondary school in twenty-first-century England. The findings suggest that although the crucifix is in all classrooms, the Catholicity within the school is changing. Catholic pupils are constructing fragmentary Catholic identities; they are asserting a ‘right to bricolage’.
This book considers questions pertinent to all faith schools, such as the extent to which they may contribute to or detract from social cohesion, and the extent to which a faith school is able to and/or ought to maintain and transmit the memory of faith tradition in a secular and plural society.


Contents: Catholic schools in context – Changing signs of Catholicity – Fragmented Catholicity – Transmitting Catholicity – Religious Education – A Catholic community – Social cohesion and Catholicity – Implications for the Catholic future.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Ann Casson holds a PhD from the Institute of Education at Warwick University. She is an Associate Fellow of the Warwick Religious Education Research Unit (WRERU) and a trustee of the Religious Resources Centre in North East England. She is a qualified secondary Religious Education teacher who has taught in a variety of English schools including independent, community and Catholic secondary schools. She combines teaching with her research in the area of Religious Education.


Religion, Education and Values. Vol. 3
Edited by Stephen Parker, Leslie J. Francis, Rob Freathy and Mandy Robbins