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Creativity, Religion and Youth Cultures

1st Edition

By Anne M. Harris


238 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the rich intersection between faith, religion and performing arts in culture-based youth groups. The co-constitutive identity-building work of music, performance, and drama for Samoan and Sudanese youth in church contexts has given rise to new considerations of diversity, cultural identity and the religious practices and rituals that inform them. For these young people, their culture-specific churches provide a safe if "imagined community" (Anderson, 2006) in which they can express these emerging identities, which move beyond simple framings like "multicultural" to explicitly include faith practices. These identities emerge in combination with popular cultural art forms like hip hop, R-&-B and gospel music traditions, and performance influences drawn from American, British and European popular cultural forms (including fashion, reality television, social media, gaming, and online video-sharing). The book also examines the ways in which diasporic experiences are reshaping these cultural and gendered identities and locations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: About This Book

Section 1: Samoan Mediascapes and Faith-as-Performance

Section 1 Overview

1. Education and the Creative Imaginary

2. God Culture and the Capacity to In/Aspire

3. Semblance and Praisesong

Section 2: Religion, Art and a South Sudanese Post-National Imaginary

Section 2 Overview

4. Imagining New Individualities / New Collectivities

5. The Art of Gender in South Sudanese Mediated Diasporas

6. Meaning and "Madolescence"


About the Author

Anne M. Harris is Senior Lecturer at Monash University, and researches in the areas of creativity, performance and diversity.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Critical Diversities

Advances in Critical Diversities provides an exciting new publishing space to critically consider practices, meanings and understandings of "diversity," inequality and identity across time and place. The book series will have a particular focus on developing an extended conceptualization of diversity and division which incorporates dimensions of political, social, economic and cultural, as well as the bodily and intimate, to consider how diversity is lived-in, inhabited, mobilised and refused.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion