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Souls in TransitionThe Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America$
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Christian Smith and Patricia Snell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371796.001.0001

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The Cultural Structures in Emerging Adult Religion

The Cultural Structures in Emerging Adult Religion

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Souls in Transition

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This chapter analyzes National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) interview data in order to identify key themes in American emerging adult religious culture. What are the cultural assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and concerns of emerging adults when it comes to religious faith and practice? The chapter elaborates and illustrates a number of illuminating emerging adult cultural structures concerning religion and spirituality that help to explain the character and bearings of emerging adults' religious and spiritual lives.

Keywords:   NSYR, emerging adults, adult religious culture, faith, religious culture

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