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Spirituality, Religion, and Youth: An Introduction


Ezzy, D and Harloff, A, Spirituality, Religion, and Youth: An Introduction, Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, Springer Science and Business Media Singapore, Wyn, J and Cahill H (ed), Singapore, pp. 845-860. ISBN 978-981-4451-14-7 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-4451-15-4_38


This chapter introduces the concepts of religion and spirituality, particularly as these relate to young people. It reviews some of the major changes that are occurring in contemporary society and how these changes are reflected in the types of religions and spiritualities that young people are practicing. The processes of globalization, international migration, and the m!ss media provide more choice and increase uncertainty. In this context, the chapter examines some case studies to illustrate how some young people are embracing these choices and uncertainty, practicing Witchcraft as a religion and finding spiritual meaning in dance parties such as raves. In contrast, other young people find various forms of fundamentalisms attractive because they offer certainty in the face of unsettling and insecure times. Finally we discuss the rise of Pentecostalism in Africa and the issue of religious teaching in secular schools.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Sociology of Youth, Sociology of Religion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:99932
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-04-17
Last Modified:2016-08-10

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