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    Youth and Society1105HUM

    "Belonging"

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    Impolite Topics?

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    Secularisation

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    Individualisation

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    "Believing and Belonging"

    Connections made between religious practice andhome environment.o Northern Ireland study participants identified most with their religious

    affiliation.

    o Affluent, suburban participants identified least with religiousaffiliations.

    More belief in a "higher order" than interest in religiouspractice per se.

    Non-family relationships can lead to religious practices. Formercolonization of groups as well as global mobilityof people may create pockets of religiosity.

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    Political Belonging

    Participants by-and-large less traditionally political.o general apathy

    o inaccessible ("Does my opinion count?")

    o more "individualised" political action.

    anti-war protests

    environmental activism

    "occupy" movements worldwide

    Wikileaks protests (Brisbane, 2010)

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    Ethnonational Identities:

    The Example of Northern Ireland

    Catholic = "Irish" or "Republican" Protestant = "British" or "Unionist"

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    The Role of Critical Moments

    Inventing Adulthoods Case Study: Khattab Identifies as: British citizen, of Pakistani ethnicity, and

    as a member of the Islam.

    CRITICAL MOMENT 1: Love of soccer = enthusiasticparticipation; hopes to be a professional soccer player.

    CRITICAL MOMENT 2: Knew he couldn't go pro withsoccer = intensified religious practices.

    CRITICAL MOMENT 3: September 11, 2001= Need tobe more "out" in his Muslim identity; hopes that peopleequate Islam with normalcy, not just terrorism.

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    21 UP!

    Please watch the film online. The YouTube URLs will beprovided on Learning@Griffith.

    Please complete the 21 Up! worksheet, which is also

    found online at L@G so that you can participate in nextweeks tutorial discussion.

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    Discussion Prompts: Week 5

    Reading:

    How is mobility related to social class and social capital? (p. 102)

    Who is the cosmopolitan? How is this type of person described? (p. 102)

    Is localism the same thing as lack of mobility? (pp. 102, 106)

    Film:

    Who are the young people featured in 21 Up? How would you describe each of them?

    How do you see social capital playing a role in these peoples life decisions?

    Can you identify specific critical moments in any of the interviewees lives?

    FOR HD-striving students:

    You will be able to reflect on 21 Up! in context to week 5s topic of mobility. Additionally, any further reading

    on the Up!series documentary online, which contributes to your participation and discussion, will be noted.

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    Sources

    Henderson, Sheila et al. (2007). Inventing Adulthoods: ABiographical Approach to Youth Transitions. London:

    Sage.

    Swatos, William H. Jr. and Kevin J. Christiano.(1999)Secularization Theory: The Course of a Concept,

    Sociology of Religion Fall 1999 (online).