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From Angels to AliensTeenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural$
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Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300239.001.0001

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The Traditionalist

The Traditionalist

Affirming the Boundary between Religion and the Media

(p.139) 6 The Traditionalist
From Angels to Aliens

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the experiences of Traditionalist American teenagers and their parents in order to determine how the separation from the media influences teen interpretations of the supernatural. It explores the question of whether teenagers who expressed a serious level of religious commitment are interested in supernatural beings, power, or practices. It also analyzes the tendency of the traditionalist teenagers to be guided by an overarching concern with personal morality that framed their understanding of the media and of religion.

Keywords:   American teenagers, Traditionalists, parents, supernatural, mass media, religious commitment, personal morality

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