Freedoms, Faiths and Futures

Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity

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Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma
  • New York: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , May
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How do contemporary teenagers experience and understand religious, spiritual, gender and sexual diversity? How are their experiences mediated by where they go to school, their faith and their geographic location? Are their outlooks materialist, religious, spiritual, or do they have hybrid identities?

Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity offers powerful insight into how teenagers make sense of the world around them. Drawing on rich data from a major national study, this book creates new ways of understanding the complexity of young people's lives and how school education covering diversity best addresses their world.

This book argues that school education focused on worldviews is founded on ways of thinking about young people that do not reflect the complexities of Generation Z's everyday experiences of diversity and their interactions with each other. It argues that certain kinds of education in schools can play a significant role in developing religious literacy, tolerance and positive attitudes to diversity.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andrew Singleton is professor of sociology and social research at Deakin University, Australia.

Mary Lou Rasmussen is professor of sociology at Australian National University, Australia.

Anna Halafoff is associate professor of sociology at Deakin University, Australia.

Gary Bouma is emeritus professor of sociology at Monash University, Australia.



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