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Digital Media, Young Adults, and Religion: An International Perspective

I Theoretical and methodological perspectivesIntroduction: young adults, religion, and digital media in international perspectiveThe expanding field of religion, media, and digital cultureApproaching social mediaSocial media and religionThis volumeDigital media and religion in an international context: perspectives on identity, connection, and authorityIntroductionResearching social mediaIdentity as constructed and contextualizedReligious identitySocial media and identity construction and performance onlineConnectedness and connectivityAuthorityBringing it all togetherA mixed-method approach to youth and digital religionYoung people, religion, and mediaThe YARG mixed-method approachThe surveyThe PVQThe FQSThe interviewsReligiosity and media useDigital natives?II Applications and casesContents and discontents of Internet and social media use in the religious lives of Ghanaian young adultsIntroductionYoung adults, religion, and media in GhanaThe Internet and social media in the religious lives and identities of Ghanaian young adults: contents and discontentsUnderstanding the role of the Internet and social media in the religious lives of young adult university students in GhanaConclusionThe Internet, social media, and the critical interrogation of traditional religion among young adults in PeruIntroductionCultural change, individualization, and the weakening mechanisms of traditional religious socialization in PeruThe present-day religious landscape of Peru and the Peruvian YARG survey resultsThe Peruvian YARG survey results on religious identification and self-assessed degrees of personal religiosity and frequency of religious practiceThe present-day media landscape of Peru and the Peruvian YARG survey results on media usePeruvian YARG respondents’ Internet and digital media use in religion-related matters as expressed in in-depth interviewsConcluding remarksA view on religious socialization in contemporary China: the role of new media, literature, education, and participationIntroductionThe contemporary religious landscape of China: a brief overviewThe Internet and social media in ChinaReligion and the Internet in ChinaThe Chinese YARG respondents: university background and religiosityReligiosity indicatorsWays to religion and information about religion among the YARG respondents in ChinaConclusionInternet and social media use and religion among minority groups in Israel: a case study of Muslim and Druze young adultsIntroductionThe wider context: the diverse Arab population of IsraelMuslims in IsraelThe Druze in IsraelInternet use among Arabs in IsraelThe relationship between Internet use and personal religiosity among Muslim and Druze YARG respondents in IsraelMuslims and Druze YARG respondents in Israel: self-assessed degrees of personal religiosity and that of the parental familyMuslims and Druze YARG respondents in Israel: media and Internet useMuslim and Druze YARG respondents’ views on the relationship between their Internet and social media use and personal religious livesDirect impacts of Internet and social media use on the religious lives of Muslim respondentsIndirect impacts of Internet and social media use on the religious lives of Druze respondentsConcluding remarksReligion, social media, and young adults in Turkey: a case study of religious engagement and volunteeringIntroductionReligion, media, and volunteering in TurkeyUse of social media for religious purposes among young adults in TurkeyExpressive use of social media: social media as an information source, site for learning, and safe space for religious expressionCollaborative use of social media: finding, organizing, and developing new forms of volunteeringConclusion and reflections on future researchBetween tradition and innovation: social media in the religious lives of young adults in PolandIntroductionReligion and media in contemporary PolandViews on social media and religion among the Polish YARG respondentsWhy not social mediaWhy social mediaConclusionFinnish university students’ social media use in the light of the Faith Q-Sort prototypesIntroductionMedia and religion in FinlandReligiosity and media use in the Finnish YARG sampleThe Finnish FQS prototypesConfident RationalistActive and Confident BelieverEmotionally Motivated PluralistThe Finnish prototypes and use of social mediaThe personally modest social media profiles of Confident RationalistsThe modestly religious social media profiles of Active and Confident BelieversThe modestly spiritual social media profiles of Emotionally Motivated PluralistsConcluding remarksRationalists disclosed the least about their personal worldviews and convictions on social mediaAppendix: Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective (YARG) Project SurveyWelcome to the YARG survey and thank you for participating!Young adults and religion in a global perspectiveThank you for completing this survey!Would you also like to volunteer for a face-to-face interview?Bibliography

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