Religion and Youth
Sylvia Collins-Mayo, Pink Dandelion
Ashgate, 2010 - Religion - 278 pages
What is the future of religion given the responses of young people? What impact do existing religious forms have on youth? What kind of spirituality and religion are young people creating for themselves? Religion and Youth presents an accessible guide to the key issues in the study of youth and religion, including methodological perspectives. It provides a key teaching text in these areas for undergraduates, and a book of rigorous scholarship for postgraduates, academics and practitioners. Offering the first comprehensive international perspective on the sociology of youth and religion, this book reveals key geographical and organisational variables as well as the complexities of the engagement between youth and religion. The book is divided into six parts organised around central themes: Generation X and their legacy; The Big Picture âe" surveys of belief and practice in the USA, UK and Australia; Expression âe" how young people construct and live out their religion and spirituality; Identity âe" the role of religion in shaping young people's sense of self and social belonging; Transmission âe" passing on the faith (or not); Researching Youth Religion âe" debates, issues and techniques in researching young people's religion and spirituality. James A. Beckford writes the Foreword and Linda Woodhead the Epilogue.
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