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Spirituality, religion and youth: an introduction

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posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by D Ezzy, Anna HalafoffAnna Halafoff
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.

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Title of book

Handbook of children and youth studies

Chapter number

59

Pagination

845 - 861

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Singapore

ISBN-13

9789814451147

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2015, Springer

Extent

63

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Wyn, H Cahill

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