SOCIAL-GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH OF CONFESSIONAL SPACE OF KHMELNYTSK REGION
On the basis of statistical data, a socio-geographical study of the confessional space of the Khmelnitsky region was carried out, which reflects the tendencies of social processes, including religious events occurring on the territory of two historic and geographical regions – Volhynia (its northern part) and Podillya (southern part). When writing this article, the territorial features of the confessional space were traced and comparative-geographical analysis was carried out in various administrative-territorial regions and historical and geographical regions of the studied region. A number of factors influencing the territorial organization of the religious sphere of the Khmelnitsky region are described. The territorial features of the religious space have been traced and a comparative-geographical analysis has been carried out in various administrative-territorial regions and historical and geographical regions, and a corresponding map scheme has been drawn up. The article also presents the structure of the religious space, to which we refer to the confessional space, atheists, agnostics and akirkhs. Important attention is paid to the analysis of the indicators of availability of religious communities to the population, namely the number of religious communities per 1000 people and the size of the population belonging to one religious community. The article also calculates the coefficient of religious mosaic that allowed typification of administrative-territorial units by the degree of polyconfessionality. In the course of the conducted research, typification of the districts of Khmelnitsky region was carried out according to the religious activity of the population, which is traced through the degree of polyconfessionality and the availability of religious communities to the population. There have been distinguished 4 groups of districts.
Keywords: religious space, religious activity of the population, monoethnic region, Podillya, Volyn, index of religious mosaic, confessional space, Orthodox subspace, Catholic subspace, Protestant subspace, Jewish subspace, pagan subspace.
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