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Religiosity And Gender Identity Of Female Adolescents. Narrative Religious Identity Of Young Catholic Women

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This chapter briefly presents the concept of 'gender' and its reception within theological study and sketches the current stand of research in respect to the topic "Gender and Religion" within practical theology. It then presents a qualitative empirical study that focuses on connections between biography, gender and religiosity of young women aged between 16 and 25. Using the autobiographical interviews, the chapter also analyzes how young women describe their gender identity and which conclusions can be drawn from the construction of gender based on their life stories. The influence of the church and its socializing instances on religious and gender development is decreasing. Despite recognizing gender-specific differences in dealing with male and female adolescents in church, personal relevance is denied: "A friend of mine had such an experience, I didn't". It is conspicuous that the interviewees rather criticize the church's dealing with money than the women's role in church.

Keywords: church; female adolescents; gender development; gender identity; practical theology; religiosity; young catholic women



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