Mapping Non-religious Childhoods

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As numbers of those identifying as nonreligious continue to rise in Western Europe and North America, particularly among children and young people, this paper presents findings from a multi-sited ethnographic project exploring what it means to grow up as non-religious in Britain. This paper will profile the nonreligious children (ages 7-11 years) of our study and explore the different configurations of their (un)belief as well as the ways in which these beliefs are interrelated with particular worldviews and existential cultures. We identify the key beliefs and concerns non-religious children hold and examines and map nonreligion, secularity, spirituality and religion are constructed and negotiated across the spaces of both school and family life. Overall, this paper demonstrates the multiple, complex forms non-religion takes in childhood and the importance of attending to childhood in order to fully appreciate the nature and diversity of being non-religious.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021
EventNonreligion and Secularity Research Network Conference - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 16 Jun 202118 Jun 2021


ConferenceNonreligion and Secularity Research Network Conference

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