The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults' imagined futures

This article draws from a mixed-methods project that examined religion, youth, gender, and sexuality among young women and men aged between 18 and 25, from various religious traditions, and living in the UK. It charts how unmarried heterosexuals imagined their future lives in relation to marriage an...

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Published in:Journal of contemporary religion
Authors: Page, Sarah-Jane 1982-; Yip, Andrew K. T. 1963-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Journal of contemporary religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 34, Issue: 2, Pages: 253-273
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Great Britain / Adult / Religiosity / Future / Imagery / Private life / Gender-specific role
Further subjects:B Gender Equality
B Gender roles
B parenthood
B childcare
B Religion
B Marriage
B imagined future
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Summary:This article draws from a mixed-methods project that examined religion, youth, gender, and sexuality among young women and men aged between 18 and 25, from various religious traditions, and living in the UK. It charts how unmarried heterosexuals imagined their future lives in relation to marriage and parenthood. We deploy conceptual literature on 'imagined future', which is under-used in the sociology of religion, to explore what difference, if any, religious belonging makes to the futures the participants imagined. We assert that religion is part of their cultural tapestry, which broadly informed their values and actions. In other words, religion, as a component of culture, provides a 'toolkit' which they used in imagining futures that they deemed meaningful. This article contributes significantly to literature on gender and religious cultures and imagined future, highlighting the complex and interweaving role religion played in the way young adults in this study imagined their future gendered lives.
ISSN:1469-9419
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of contemporary religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2019.1621542