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Young Eastern Germans And The Religious And Ideological Heritage Of Their Parents And Grandparents

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This chapter is based on the findings of a study that took a close look at young eastern Germans and at their different ways of approaching religion, focusing both on the role of religious approaches in individual lives as well as the relationships between familial generations. The study was part of a research project that was carried out in Leipzig, Saxony from 2003 to 2006. The subject of this project was the religious and ideological change in GDR and eastern Germany, focusing on perspectives of different generations and taking conflict-theoretical elements into consideration. The author interviews a short characterization of younger generation and introduces different ways of relating to religious and ideological ideas, delves into the role of religion in terms of generational relations, and concludes with some thoughts on the meaning of religious vitalization or desecularization within the context of religious-ideological and societal change in eastern Germany.

Keywords: desecularization; familial generations; German Democratic Republic (GDR); ideological change; religious approaches; societal change; young eastern Germans



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