Mapping ‘Religion’ – or ‘Something, I don’t know what’?: Methodological Challenges Exploring Young Peoples’ Relations with ‘Religion’
2013 (English)In: Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular / [ed] Day, A.; Vincett, G.; Cotter, C.R., Farnham: Ashgate, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Prior studies exploring and understanding young peoples’ relations with what is called religion have mainly focused institutionalized forms of religiosity with a propensity for an interest in propositional beliefs and ritualized behaviour. In quantitative studies, one argument for continuity in the way of putting questions is the possibility for comparisons. In this chapter the author discusses ways in which ‘traditional’ questions from sociology of religion have been renewed. Suggestions for further methodological development, with theoretical implications are made. The chapter makes use of two large-scale quantitative Swedish surveys among youth and young adults where we strived to develop previous questions to enable a richer image of ‘ordinary’ young peoples’ relation to religion. Such an image is necessarily more complex and nuanced, and for that reason of both methodological and theoretical value. The chapter is a part of an anthology on the scientific study of religion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.
, Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series
religion, methodology, survey, quantitative, definition, operationalisation, youth, diversity, secular
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-200767ISBN: 978-1-4094-5677-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-200767DiVA: diva2:624976
ProjectsImpact of Religion
FunderSwedish Research Council