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The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood

Strhan, Anna and Parker, Stephen and Ridgely, Susan, eds. (2017) The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood. Bloomsbury Academic, London, 408 pp. ISBN 978-1-4742-5109-9. E-ISBN 978-1-4742-5111-2. (doi:10.1080/00131911.2017.1377904) (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) (KAR id:59861)

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From recent sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, to arguments about faith schools and religious indoctrination, this volume considers the interconnection between the actual lives of children and the position of children as placeholders for the future. Childhood has often been a particular site of struggle for negotiating the location of religion in public and everyday social life, and children's involvement and non-involvement in religion raises strong feelings because they represent the future of religious and secular communities, even of society itself. The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood provides a rich resource for students and scholars of this interdisciplinary field, and addresses wider questions about the distinctiveness of childhood and its religious dimensions in historical and contemporary perspective.

Divided into five thematic parts, the volume provides classic, contemporary, and specially commissioned readings from a range of perspectives, including the sociological, anthropological, historical, and theological. Case studies range from Augustine's description of childhood in Confessions, the psychology of religion and childhood, to religion in children's literature, religious education, and Qur'anic schools.

- Religious traditions covered include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in the UK and Europe, USA, Latin America and Africa

- An introduction situates each thematic part, and each reading is contextualised by the editors

- Guidance on further reading and study questions are provided on the book's webpage - See more at:

Item Type: Edited book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00131911.2017.1377904
Projects: The Faithful Child: Evangelicals and the Formation of Children in Modern Britain
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Anna Strhan
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2017 14:59 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 11:34 UTC
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