Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe

1st Edition

Daniela Koleva, Peter Coleman

Published September 13, 2013
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781409452157 - CAT# Y241380
Series: AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series

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Exploring European changes in religious and secular beliefs and practices related to life passages, this book provides a deeper understanding of the impacts of social change on personal identity and adjustment across the life course, According to latest research, Europeans who consider religious services appropriate to mark life passages significantly outnumber those who declare themselves as believers. Drawing on fascinating oral histories of older people's memories in both Eastern and Western Europe, this book presents illuminating views on peoples' quests for existential meaning in later life. Ageing, Ritual and Social Change presents an invaluable resource for all those exploring issues of ageing, including those looking from perspectives of sociology and psychology of religion, social and oral history and East-Central European studies.

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