The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults’ imagined futures


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.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecom, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Uncontrolled Keywords: childcare,Gender equality,gender roles,imagined future,marriage,parenthood,religion,Cultural Studies,Religious studies,Philosophy
Publication ISSN: 1469-9419
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 09:08
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-07-08
Accepted Date: 2017-02-10
Authors: Page, Sarah-Jane (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6879-536X)
Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck



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