Categories in Discourse about Church of England Primary Education

Stephen Pihlaja*, Dan Whisker, Lisa Vickerage-Goddard

*Corresponding author for this work

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Urban areas in the United Kingdom with multi-religious populations can be served by Church of England schools and they can attract families from a variety of different religious backgrounds. Using focus group discussions and interviews with parents, school governors, and teachers, this article focuses on how participants understand the relationships between Christian belief and practice, and their own cultural and religious beliefs and practices. The findings show how emergent ways of talking about the interaction between different cultural practices, and between Christianity and Islam, produce reasoning wherein people understand their place in diverse communities through analogy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-309
Number of pages18
JournalReligion and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by St Peter’s Saltley Trust.

©2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesLicense (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproductionin any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.RELIGION & EDUCATION2022, VOL. 49, NO. 3, 292–309


  • Categorization
  • Christianity
  • Church of England
  • discourse
  • education
  • Islam


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