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Complex, critical and caring: young people’s diverse religious, spiritual and non-religious worldviews in Australia and Canada

Halafoff, Anna, Shipley, Heather, Young, Pamela D., Singleton, Andrew, Rasmussen, Mary Lou and Bouma, Gary 2020, Complex, critical and caring: young people’s diverse religious, spiritual and non-religious worldviews in Australia and Canada, Religions, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/rel11040166.

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Title Complex, critical and caring: young people’s diverse religious, spiritual and non-religious worldviews in Australia and Canada
Author(s) Halafoff, AnnaORCID iD for Halafoff, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4274-5951
Shipley, Heather
Young, Pamela D.
Singleton, AndrewORCID iD for Singleton, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0002-5545-2149
Rasmussen, Mary Lou
Bouma, Gary
Journal name Religions
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Article ID 166
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-04
ISSN 2077-1444
Keyword(s) religion
diversity
young people
spirituality
non-religion
complexity
hybridity
Summary Recent scholarly and media perspectives on religion and youth have often depicted young people as being apathetic when it comes to religion. The methods used in research on religion are also typically informed by outdated, fixed idea of religious identity that are no longer applicable, especially to young people. This paper confronts these issues by applying contemporary theories of religious diversity, including lived religion and religious complexity, to the findings of the Canadian Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth in Canada (RGSY) study, the Australian Interaction multifaith youth movement project, and the Worldviews of Australian Generation Z (AGZ) study. These three studies revealed that young people negotiate their worldview identities in complex, critical and caring ways that are far from ambivalent, and that are characterised by hybridity and questioning. We thereby recommend that policies and curricula pertaining to young people’s and societies’ wellbeing better reflect young people’s actual lived experiences of diversity.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel11040166
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DP160102367
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30135999

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