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Young people and performance Christianity in Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins, Professor Rachel Pain


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Based upon qualitative research in Glasgow, Scotland, this article examines transformations in religious identity and practices of young socially and economically included Christians, aged 16–27. The authors argue that young people's religiosity has been shaped by large-scale social trends in the West, including secularisation and pluralisation. They argue that these influences have promoted a religiosity that de-emphasises propositional belief systems in favour of what they call ‘performance Christianity’, which highlights religious action in the everyday or secular, combined with a discourse of authenticity and a pluralistic approach to institutions and religious spaces. Finally, the authors consider the ways in which young people's performance Christianity destabilises traditional ideas about belief and what it means to be Christian.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Vincett G, Olson E, Hopkins P, Pain R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Contemporary Religion

Year: 2012

Volume: 27

Issue: 2

Pages: 275-290

Print publication date: 23/04/2012

ISSN (print): 1353-7903

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9419

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13537903.2012.675741


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