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Afterword

Grace Davie

in Religion and Welfare in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2017 | ISBN: 9781447318972
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781447328957 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447318972.003.0013
Afterword

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This concluding chapter highlights the overall significance of the WaVE project: first, within the rapidly changing situation currently discovered in Europe; and second, within the development of a new field in European research, that is, the interconnectedness of religion and welfare, and the need to examine—both historically and sociologically—the effect of each on the other. At one level, the events of the past half-decade have undermined the relative optimism on which WaVE was based—that solutions could be found to the difficult questions facing an expanding Europe at the turn of the millennium. But at another, it has rendered the approach adopted by WaVE all the more relevant if one is to probe beneath the stereotypes presented by the media and to discover the all-too-human issues that lie beneath the headlines—issues that must be resolved at the level of everyday life in real communities the length and breadth of Europe.

Keywords: WaVE project; European research; religion; welfare

Chapter.  2921 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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