W031
Children, youth and religion: visions of mutuality and diversity across generations

Convenors:
Sally Anderson (Aarhus University)
Amy Stambach (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Location:
345
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This workshop focuses on how children and youth embody religion and belief. It aims to re-conceptualse and refine a framework for theorising religion in relation to children's moral education.

Long abstract:

A wealth of research has recently examined how children and youth embody ideations of the future, and how changing conceptions of youth and generationality reflect historically shifting understandings of communities' conceptual (spatial, geographic, temporal) scope. Building on recent works (eg Cole and Durham and collaborators), this panel focuses on moral ideations commonly expressed as 'religion and belief' that are visited upon younger generations, and embodied and expressed through what an older anthropological literature variously termed enculturation, socialisation and habituation. Presentations in this workshop will draw on ethnographic research to re-conceptualise a framework for theorising religion and children's moral education; and conversely, papers will use and refine standard-classical theorisations of religion and moral education (on which see Stambach and contributors, Social Analysis 2006) to analyse ethnographic and historical evidence. We invite papers that address the subject of religion and young people in relation to a myriad of social forms, among them: nation-state schooling, global nationalisms, religious communities and nationalisms, experiential practices, and institutional organisations.