Freedoms, Faiths and Futures

Freedoms, Faiths and Futures : Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity

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How do contemporary teenagers experience and understand religious, spiritual, gender and sexual diversity? How are their experiences mediated by where they go to school, their faith and their geographic location? Are their outlooks materialist, religious, spiritual, or do they have hybrid identities?

Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity offers powerful insight into how teenagers make sense of the world around them. Drawing on rich data from a major national study, this book creates new ways of understanding the complexity of young people's lives and how school education covering diversity best addresses their world.

This book argues that school education focused on worldviews is founded on ways of thinking about young people that do not reflect the complexities of Generation Z's everyday experiences of diversity and their interactions with each other. It argues that certain kinds of education in schools can play a significant role in developing religious literacy, tolerance and positive attitudes to diversity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.21mm | 349.27g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 bw illus
  • 135023754X
  • 9781350237544

Table of contents

1. The Future Makers: Teens in the Age of Diversity
2. Doing Away with our Sunday Best: Teenagers and the Remaking of Religion in Australia
3. Mind, Body, Spirit: Teenagers and Spirituality
4. A Personal Point of View: Discovering Teenage Worldviews
5. 'A Higher Order Out There': Seekers and the Spiritual but not Religious
6. Immanent Gods: This Worldly and Indifferent Teens
7. Awash but not Adrift in a Sea of Diversity: Teen Attitudes to Religious Diversity
8. Taking it to School: Religious Literacy, Religious Instruction and General Religious Education
9. Harry Potter, Homophobia and Human Rights: Teens talk about Sexuality Education, Religious Exemptions and Gay Rights
10. Conclusion
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Review quote

This book offers a thorough investigation of the perspectives of young Australians and is a must-read for scholars exploring youth and religion. * Sarah-Jane Page, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University, UK * Freedoms, Faiths and Futures uses data gathered from Australian teens to chart a new course in the study of religion/worldviews. Using categories beyond traditional religious identities, it provides insights into what Australian teens are thinking and offers a new typology for understanding systems of meaning. * Pamela Dickey Young, Professor of Religion, Queen's University, Canada *
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About Andrew Singleton

Andrew Singleton is Professor of Sociology and Social Research at Deakin University, Australia.
Anna Halafoff is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University, Australia.
Mary Lou Rasmussen is Professor of Sociology at Australian National University, Australia.
Gary Bouma was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University, Australia.
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