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Differential Reconstruction Of Religions Among Second Generation Immigrant Youth In Canada

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The ways that Canadian immigrant youth are relating to the religious heritages bequeathed to them by their families reveal certain commonalities or patterns that situate this prevailing integration in the wider global context. The wider global reconstructions of Islam, Hinduism, and are having a significant influence on and are exemplified in how these youth engage in their own understandings of and participation in these religions. The level of education among the Canadian second generation varies to some degree. In terms of religious background, however, the three research groups of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists show hardly any differences at all. Another strong commonality among all three groups was the very high percentage of participants who were highly individualistic in terms of what they felt was important in life and how to go about achieving the goals of life.

Keywords: Buddhism; Canadian immigrant youth; Hinduism; Islam; religious heritages



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