Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction

Ezzy, Douglas and Halafoff, Anna 2015, Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction. In Wyn,J and Cahill,H (ed), Handbook of children and youth studies, Springer, Singapore, pp.845-861.

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Title Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction
Author(s) Ezzy, Douglas
Halafoff, AnnaORCID iD for Halafoff, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4274-5951
Title of book Handbook of children and youth studies
Editor(s) Wyn,J
Publication date 2015
Start page 845
End page 861
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Singapore
Keyword(s) religion
Summary  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 spiritualties that young people are practicing. The processes of globalization, international migration, and the mass 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.
ISBN 9789814451147
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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