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Growing up in Diverse SocietiesThe Integration of the Children of Immigrants in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden$
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Frank Kalter, Jan O. Jonsson, Frank van Tubergen, and Anthony Heath

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266373

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266373.001.0001

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Keeping or Losing Faith? Comparing Religion across Majority and Minority Youth in Europe

Keeping or Losing Faith? Comparing Religion across Majority and Minority Youth in Europe

(p.246) 10 Keeping or Losing Faith? Comparing Religion across Majority and Minority Youth in Europe
Growing up in Diverse Societies

Müge Simsek

Konstanze Jacob

Fenella Fleischmann

Frank van Tubergen

British Academy

In this chapter we explore how religious minority and majority youth are in England, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. We find that minority youth are on average more often affiliated to a religion than majority youth, and mostly affiliated as Christians. We also study religious salience, praying and service attendance. The share of minority and majority youth who expresses that religion is important in their lives is higher than the share of youth who engages in daily prayer or weekly service attendance. Specifically, Muslim youth stand out as the most religious on all accounts. Our further comparison of the religious salience of youth with that of their parents reveals that intergenerational religious change has a declining tendency, though also quite some stability exists, especially among Muslim immigrants. Together, these findings suggest overall low levels of religious salience and practice among majority youth, in contrast to minority youth—in particular Muslims—and a general pattern of intergenerational decline in the importance of religion.

Keywords:   religion, youth, immigrants, religious diversity, Islam, intergenerational change, secularisation

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