Young people's identity formation in mixed-faith families : continuity or discontinuity of religious traditions?
Arweck, Elisabeth and Nesbitt, Eleanor M.. (2010) Young people's identity formation in mixed-faith families : continuity or discontinuity of religious traditions? Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol.25 (No.1). pp. 67-87. ISSN 1353-7903Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13537900903416820
The present paper draws on a recent ethnographic study which investigated the religious identity formation of young people growing up in mixed-faith families in the UK. Taking into account the parents’ backgrounds in terms of faith tradition, ethnicity, and culture, we explore to what extent and in what way religious values are transmitted from generation to generation. The paper examines the meaning of transmission and places it in the context of earlier research, before looking at processes which facilitate religious transmission and the question of what is transmitted. It then considers the link between culture, religion, ethnicity, and language and how individuals approach these elements. This is followed by a discussion of the role which memory plays in culture and religion, with particular reference to Danièle Hervieu-Léger's concept of religion as a chain of memory and the way it applies to data emerging from our study. Although we focus on two families who participated in our study, we refer to data relating to other families in our project and highlight the importance of grandparents and the extended family in the continuity or rupture in the chains of transmission.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Interfaith families -- Great Britain, Families -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Youth -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Young adults -- Religious life -- Great Britain, Identification (Religion)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Contemporary Religion|
|Page Range:||pp. 67-87|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Arts & Humanities Research Council (Great Britain) (AHRC)|
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