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Using census data in the management of religious diversity: an Australian case study

Bouma, Gary and Hughes, Philip J. (2014) Using census data in the management of religious diversity: an Australian case study. Religion, 44 (3). pp. 434-452. ISSN 0048-721X

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Abstract

Mapping and measuring religious diversity has become critical to the management of interreligious relations in the 21st century. The data about religious identification provided by the Australian census since the formation of Federal Government in Australia, and prior to that in the Colonies, has provided detailed information about the extent of and changes in religious diversity in the nation and in particular cities. Because the census also provides very detailed information about where people of different religions live, it can provide information about the extent to which religious groups are residentially segregated, a factor which affects how people of different religions relate to each other. The methodological issues related to measuring diversity are discussed and the utility in urban contexts of a ‘dissimilarity scale’ is demonstrated. The unique contribution of census data to the mapping and management of religious diversity in Australia is presented.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): religious diversity, religious identity, managing religious diversity, residential segregation, mapping diversity, measuring diversity
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): A - World Religions
Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 13:08
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 13:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2568

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