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Religious socialization in a media age
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Recent studies in the Nordic countries show that among younger generations the media is a more frequent arena than family and church for contacts with religious ideas and values. This situation challenges understandings of religious socialization as a process situated in and controlled by religious institutions as well as continuity of religious values, ideas and identity as the outcome of the process. This article argues for a development of conceptual tools to account for religious socialization as a process shaped by the dynamic between tradition and transformation, knowledge and skills, and religious and other institutions for symbolic communication in society. Drawing on recent discussions of the concepts of religious literacy and media literacy, the article proposes an inclusion of “religious media literacy” as a significant part of a future research agenda for understanding religious socialization in contemporary times.

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Oslo: Akademika forlag, 2012.
Keyword [en]
Religious socialization, religious literacy, media literacy, digital media, religious media literacy
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Sociology of Religion; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-186921DiVA: diva2:573271
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2013-04-05Bibliographically approved

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