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Dr Abby Day

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology of Religion



Dr Abby Day is Senior Research Fellow and teaches the Anthropology of Religion She has been conducting qualitative longitudinal research in religion since 2002. Abby is Chair of the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion study group, and the only qualitative researcher to be involved as an advisor for the 2011 National Census on questions about religion, ethnicity and identity. Abby has a successful track record of previous grant awards from the AHRC and ESRC, and her monograph 'Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World' was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. She is currently Principal Investigator of a two year ESRC-funded project exploring the significance of women in later life for the Church of England, as well as their contribution to civil society.

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Day, A. (2013). Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Day, A. (2011). Believing in Belonging: Belief and Social Identity in the Modern World. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Edited book
Day, A., Vincett, G. and Cotter, C. (2013). Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular. Day, A., Vincett, G. and Cotter, C. eds. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Day, A. (2008). Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, Identity. Day, A. ed. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Day, A. and Lee, L. (2014). Introduction: Making Sense of Surveys and Censuses: Issues in Religious Self-Identification (Special Issue of Religion, 44:3, Guest Editors Abby Day and Lois Lee). Religion [Online] 44:345-356. Available at:
Day, A. and Rogaly, B. (2014). Sacred Communities: Contestations and Connections. Journal of Contemporary Religion [Online] 29:75-88. Available at:
Day, A. (2013). The Problem of Generalizing Generation (Invited Essay). Religion and Society: Advances in Research [Online] 4:109-124. Available at:
Day, A. (2013). Nominal Christian Adherence: Ethnic, Natal, Aspirational. Implicit Religion 15:427-444.
Day, A. and Lynch, G. (2013). Introduction: Belief as Cultural Performance.: Special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28:2, edited by Gordon Lynch and Abby Day. Journal of Contemporary Religion [Special Issue of Journal] 28:199-206. Available at:
Day, A. (2013). Varieties of Belief over Time: Reflections from a Longitudinal Study of Youth and Belief. Journal of Contemporary Religion [Online] 28:277-293. Available at:
Day, A. (2012). Extraordinary Relationality: Ancestor Veneration in Late Euro-American Society. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 25:57-69.
Day, A. and Coleman, S. (2010). Introduction: Broadening Boundaries: Creating Inter-disciplinary Dialogue on Belief (Special issue of Culture and Religion, 11:1, edited by Abby Day and Simon Coleman). Culture and Religion [Online] 11:1-8. Available at:
Day, A. (2010). Researching Belief without Asking Religious Questions. Fieldwork in Religion [Online] 4:89-106. Available at:
Day, A. (2010). Propositions and Performativity: Relocating Belief to the Social. Culture and Religion [Online] 11:9-30. Available at:
Day, A. (2009). Believing in Belonging: An Ethnography of Young People's Constructions of Belief. Culture and Religion [Online] 10:263-278. Available at:
Day, A. (2008). Wilfully Disempowered: A Gendered Response to a 'Fallen World'. European Journal of Women's Studies [Online] 15:261-276. Available at:
Day, A. (2005). Doing Theodicy: An Empirical Study of a Women's Prayer Group. Journal of Contemporary Religion [Online] 20:343-356. Available at:
Book section
Day, A. (2014). Generation A: The Dwindling Force. in: Woodhead, L. and Doney, M. eds. How Healthy is the C of E?: The Church Times Health Check. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, pp. 67-70.
Day, A. (2013). Everyday Ghosts: A Matter of Believing in Belonging. in: Jenzen, O. and Munt, S. eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures. Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 149-158. Available at:
Day, A. (2013). Understanding the Work of Women in Religion. in: Slee, N., Porter, F. and Phillips, A. eds. The Faith Lives of Girls and Women. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 39-50. Available at:
Day, A. (2013). Euro-American Ethnic and Natal Christians: Believing in Belonging. in: Day, A., Vincett, G. and Cotter, C. eds. Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 61-74. Available at:
Day, A. (2010). 'Believing in Belonging’: An Exploration of Young People’s Social Contexts and Constructions of Belief. in: Collins-Mayo, S. and Dandelion, P. eds. Religion and Youth. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 97-104. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 22 [See all in KAR]
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Abby Day teaches modules on the anthropology of religion.

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Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 25/08/2015