Religious socialization of non-religious university students

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Karoliina Dahl, Nurit Novis-Deutsch, Maria Klingenberg, Janne Kontala, Sławomir Sztajer, Avivit Mussel
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Religion
Volume number: 49
Issue number: 2
Start page: 262
End page: 283


Studies of non-religion and youth raise
questions regarding the conceptual usefulness of religious socialization. If
religious socialization is studied only as the extent to which intergenerational
transmission of religiosity occurs, the religious
socialization of those who identify as non-religious falls out of the scope of research.
This article explores the religious socialization of a group of university
students from Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Israel who identify as non-religious.
Interviews with these young adults allow us to explore the (religious)
socialization of non-religious individuals in different contexts. The findings
point to how the influence of socialization agents turned some of the students
onto a path towards non-religion. Others, in turn, are characterized by family
backgrounds where religion has not played any significant part. Our findings
indicate that religious socialization, broadly construed, can be a useful
perspective for understanding varying paths towards non-religiosity.


Non-religion, Socialization, Young Adult


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