It has become increasingly clear that an adequate understanding of the contemporary processes of social, cultural, and religious change is contingent on an appreciation of the growing impact of social media. Utilising results of an unprecedented global study, this volume explores the ways in which young adults in seven different countries engage with digital and social media in religiously significant ways.
Presenting and analysing the findings of the global research project Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG), an international panel of contributors shed new light on the impact of social media and its associated technologies on young people’s religiosities, worldviews, and values. Case studies from China, Finland, Ghana, Israel, Peru, Poland, and Turkey are used to demonstrate how these developments are progressing, not just in the West, but across the world.
This book is unique in that it presents a truly macroscopic perspective on trends in religion amongst young adults. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars working in religious studies, digital media, communication studies, sociology, cultural studies, theology and youth studies.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors
PART I: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives
1 Introduction: Young Adults, Religion, and Digital Media in International Perspective
Marcus Moberg and Sofia Sjö, with Mia Lövheim
2 Digital Media and Religion in a Global Context: Perspectives on Identity, Connection and Authority
Marcus Moberg, Sofia Sjö, and Mia Lövheim
3 A Mixed-Method Approach to Youth and Digital Religion
Sofia Sjö, Marcus Moberg, and Mia Lövheim
PART II: Applications and Cases
4 The Contents and Discontents of Internet and Social Media Use in the Religious Lives of Ghanaian Young Adults
Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo, Sofia Sjö, and Francis Benyah
5 The Internet, Social Media, and the Critical Interrogation of Traditional Religion among Young Adults in Peru
Rafael Fernández, Sidney Castillo Carnedas, and Marcus Moberg
6 A View on Religious Socialization in Contemporary China: The Role of New Media, Literature, Education, and Participation
Sofia Sjö, Marcus Moberg, Peter Nynäs, and Junchao Tang
7 Internet and Social Media Use and Religion among Minority Groups in Israel: A Case Study of Muslim and Druze Young Adults
Sawsan Kheir and Marcus Moberg
8 Religion, Social Media, and Young Adults in Turkey: A Case Study of Religious Engagement and Volunteering
Habibe Erdiş Gökçe and Sofia Sjö
9 Between Tradition and Innovation: Social Media in the Religious Lives of Young Adults in Poland
Sławomir Sztajer and Sofia Sjö
10 Finnish University Students’ Social Media Use in the Light of the Faith-Q-Sort Prototypes
Karoliina Dahl, Sofia Sjö, and Marcus Moberg
Mia Lövheim is a Professor in the Sociology of Religion at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Marcus Moberg is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Sofia Sjö is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University, Finland.
Zhejun Yu is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at Fudan University, China.