Religious socialization in a media age
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Akademika forlag, 2012.
Religious socialization, religious literacy, media literacy, digital media, religious media literacy
Research subject Sociology of Religion; Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186921OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-186921DiVA: diva2:573271