The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults’ imagined futures

Sarah-Jane Page, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

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This article draws from a mixed-methods project that examined religion, youth, gender, and sexuality among young women and men aged between 18 and 25, from various religious traditions, and living in the UK. It charts how unmarried heterosexuals imagined their future lives in relation to marriage and parenthood. We deploy conceptual literature on ‘imagined future’, which is under-used in the sociology of religion, to explore what difference, if any, religious belonging makes to the futures the participants imagined. We assert that religion is part of their cultural tapestry, which broadly informed their values and actions. In other words, religion, as a component of culture, provides a ‘tool kit’ which they used in imagining futures that they deemed meaningful. This article contributes significantly to literature on gender and religious cultures and imagined future, highlighting the complex and interweaving role religion played in the way young adults in this study imagined their future gendered lives.
Original languageEnglish
Article number253-273
Pages (from-to)253-273
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2019

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© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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  • childcare
  • Gender equality
  • gender roles
  • imagined future
  • marriage
  • parenthood
  • religion


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