Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults

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Routledge, Apr 8, 2016 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Presenting qualitative and quantitative findings on the lived experiences of around seven hundred young adults from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and mixed-faith backgrounds, Religious and Sexual Identities provides an illuminating and nuanced analysis of young adults’ perceptions and negotiations of their religious, sexual, youth and gender identities. It demonstrates how these young adults creatively construct meanings and social connections as they navigate demanding but exciting spaces in which their multiple identities intersect. Accessible quantitative analyses are combined with rich interview and video diary narratives in this theoretically-informed exploration of religious and sexual identities in contemporary society. A timely investigation revealing the multiplicity of contemporary identities, this book will appeal not only to sociologists and scholars of religion, but also to those working in the fields of youth studies, sexuality, gender and identity.

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Exploring Meanings and Connections of Religion
Negotiating Relationship Values
Managing Bodily Practices
Managing Singleness Relationships
Negotiating Sexualised
Understanding Young Adults Religious Faith
Appendix A 2 Interview Guide

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Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip is Professor of Sociology at University of Nottingham, UK. His recent publications include Queer Spiritual Spaces: Sexuality and Sacred Places, Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life and The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality. Sarah-Jane Page is Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, UK. Her writings have appeared in journals such as Feminist Review, Feminist Theology and the Journal of Beliefs and Values.

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