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Virtually Boundless?: Youth Negotiating Tradition in Cyberspace
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
2007 (English)In: Everyday Religion: Observing Modern Religious Lives, Oxford: Oxford University Press , 2007, 243- p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Sweden is often categorized as one of the most secularized and post modern countries in the world. The Internet has been described as the “epitome” of transformations of traditional religion in late modern society. This chapter analyzes how young people negotiate religious conventions in discussions of religion on the Internet. If there is a “test case” for the breakdown of religious conventions based on the traditionalized beliefs and practices of institutionalized religion and traditional modes of religious socialization, this would be it. The chapter argues that, despite these anticipations, the construction of religious identities even in the transient sites of late modern society, is not only a question of individual choice in a “spiritual marketplace” but also structured by religious authorities and conventions.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press , 2007. 243- p.
Keyword [en]
Young people, internet, religious conventions, identity, choice, secularisation
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Religious Studies Social Work Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21236ISBN: 0-19-530541-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21236DiVA: diva2:49009
Available from: 2006-12-15 Created: 2006-12-15 Last updated: 2009-05-18Bibliographically approved

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