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Oh When The Saints Go Marching In On Cell Phones. About The Materiality Of Life-World As A Challenge For Religious Education

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In 2003 the community of Salesians Don Bosco's in Munich started a campaign to get in contact with adolescents by cell-phone; there is no other object that is a part of adolescence in the same way as a cell phone when focusing on age group from 10 to 18 years. It would be more helpful not to understand cell phones as merely carrying a message but to understand them as a message in themselves and to try to understand their horizons of meaning for the everyday life they are related to. A heuristic view on present culture is an approach that was put forward by H.-G. Heimbrock. Understanding the symbolic value of material goods in our everyday life has just started in the area of cultural research. So understanding children's rooms in their materiality as a religiously relevant text is an art that religious education has just started to develop.

Keywords: cell phone; materiality; religious education



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