The Management of Religious Diversity in England and Wales with Special Reference to Prison Chaplaincy

James A. Beckford

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Abstract

The importance of policies governing the management of religious and ethno-religious diversity in England and Wales has increased in recent decades. This is not only because the variety of faith traditions represented in the country has grown; nor is it simply because the numbers of, for example, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs have expanded. It is primarily because these faith communities have established themselves in public life to the point where they can confidently demand "equal respect" and "equality of opportunity" to practise their religion in private and public. This argument is illustrated by an analysis of the issues surrounding the provision of religious and spiritual care to prisoners.

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A. Beckford, James. The Management of Religious Diversity in England and Wales with Special Reference to Prison Chaplaincy. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 1999, vol. 1, no.2, pp. 55-66. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol1/issue2/art2

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