“Out in the open in a threatening world”: the Scottish churches’ industrial mission 1960–1980

Ronald Johnston, Elaine W. McFarland

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Abstract

By combining archival research with the oral testimony of ex-industrial chaplains – and others with direct experience of industrial mission – this article explores a neglected dimension of religious outreach, and attempts to provide a nuanced interpretation of the interrelationship between de-industrialization and secularization in post-1960 Britain. By 1965, over 100 industrial chaplains operated throughout industrial Scotland across a range of industries. Functioning at the cutting edge of the Kirk’s efforts to halt what was clearly identified as a slide in faith, the chaplains were also perfectly placed to bear witness to Scotland’s traumatic and painful process of de-industrialization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Review of Social History
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010

Keywords

  • religion
  • Scotland
  • social history

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