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Being yourself: Identity and self-presentation among youths in Christian youth organizations
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.
2014 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1552-8480, Vol. 22, no 2, 153-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A person’s identity, both social and personal, can be said to be constituted by several different aspects, such as gender, age, ethnicity, class and also religious affiliation. In a country like Sweden, where only a small number of youths are involved in religious organizations, it is, however, not necessarily uncontroversial for youths to present themselves as religiously active. To openly declare your religious commitment, places you in particular collective identities associated with certain beliefs or stereotypes that may challenge norms surrounding how Swedish youths are expected to think, behave and act. This article examines how a number of youths, active in the Christian youth organization of one of the Swedish free churches, present themselves and their religious involvement to friends at school. The results show different strategies used for handling experienced or anticipated reactions to their involvement in a religious organization and the collective identities they may be ascribed because of it.

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Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 22, no 2, 153-170 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-23379DOI: 10.1177/1103308814521625ISI: 000334115700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84898836575OAI: diva2:715076
Available from: 2014-04-30 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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