Believing in Belonging: An Ethnography of Young People's Constructions of Belief

Day, Abby (2009) Believing in Belonging: An Ethnography of Young People's Constructions of Belief. Culture and Religion, 10 (3). pp. 263-278. ISSN 1475-5610. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Evidence from a three-year case study suggests that how young people discuss their beliefs reflect where they define and locate legitimate sites of power, meaning and authority. For many young people today, religion is an insufficient source and mode of belief and belonging. The findings discussed here suggest an orientation to family, friends and other social relationships as legitimate and sufficient sites for locating belief, authority and transcendence. I argue that the young people studied do not holds beliefs to be ‘true’, in that they are propositional creed-like statements. Young people have shifted the meaning of belief to describe affective relationships in which they feel they belong to. Such a shift necessitates a relocation of the transcendent to the everyday and social. That shift is particularly evident as young people discuss how they continue their relationships with the deceased loved ones.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: belief, meaning, youth, belonging, ethnography
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 18:03
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:44
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