Political Demography: Ethnic, National and Religious Dimensions. Believing in Belonging: a qualitative analysis of being Christian for the 2001 census. Abby Day Religious Studies Lancaster University PhD Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. Research context.
PhD Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
1. What do you believe in?
A: What do you believe in?
J: I don’t believe in owt. I don’t believe in any religions.
A: You don’t believe in any religions.
J: No. I’m Christian but I don’t believe in owt.
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Young - rude, disrespectful, dangerous
Not English – criminals, immoral, dangerous
Non-traditional female – rude, disrespectful, bad mothers, dangerous.
T: I mean, there’s a bit of anti-Muslim feeling as anywhere else.
A: There is around here?
T: Oh, aye. But that’s because they read bloody stupid newspapers like Sun and all that. Which stir it up, don’t they? I mean, I wouldn’t go shoot somebody just because he was a Muslim, but that is an alien culture to our culture, isn’t it? Or is it? Am I just taking the same fears up as other people?
A: Do you think that’s different than other people’s outlooks who wouldn’t be Christian?
R: In some cases, yes, yeah. I don’t want to bring racism into it, but it’s difficult not to in certain cases. But I’d class the treatment of females by the Muslims, and I’m afraid this is the Kilroy Silk situation coming out, but I think it’s always been my belief that the women are trodden into the ground in the Muslim world, entirely.
A: What about other people who aren’t Christian? Don’t they have those beliefs?
C: Well, I don’t know. I don’t really know any. I don’t have anything to do with, um, any other religion’s people. No doubt Pakistanis, and Hindus and Muslims and whatever have their own thoughts on it. Probably very nice people, I just think there’s too many of them in our country.
J: No, I don’t, but my Grandma and Granddad do. They’re like Irish and really strong Christians.
A: And so they believe in - ?
J: The whole bible thing.
A: And God, and Jesus?
A: So those people are Christians and they believe in all that stuff, and you’re a Christian but you don’t believe in that stuff.
A: What makes you think or say, or describe yourself as Christian?
J: Well, on my birth certificate it says I’m Christian, so.