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Religions In Singapore: An Analysis

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This chapter presents an analysis of religions in Singapore from its early days to the present. In different periods, religions wax and wane. Some, such as Christianity, have been very successful in recruiting members. Others saw their numbers decline. The data shows that in Singapore, there is a correlation between religious affiliation and several socio-demographic variables, including age, education, occupation and socio-economic status. For example, Christians in Singapore tend to be younger, more educated and have a higher socioeconomic status. Obversely, Taoists tend to be older, less educated and come from lower socio-economic groups. This structural differentiation is analysed and discussed in detail. Another key variable is ethnicity. Despite being a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, religious affiliation is culturally or ethnically structured. The chapter finally examines the correlation between religion and socio-demographic variables of religion and religious affiliation in Singapore.

Keywords: Christianity; ethnicity; religious affiliation; Singapore; socio-demographic variables; Taoists



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