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Update: Singles in Late‐Modern Conservative Religions

Engelberg, Ari

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2016, Vol.55(3), pp.652-655 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Update: Singles in Late‐Modern Conservative Religions
  • Author: Engelberg, Ari
  • Description: This article reviews the state of the research on religious singles, claiming that it is an understudied field. In late modernity, the age of marriage has risen. The importance of family for religious observance and the “family values” ideology adopted by conservative religions pose obstacles for singles who wish to remain observant, and can lead to their marginalization. I review the literature on singles and identify common patterns informed by my own research on religious Zionist singles. I argue that discourse and values regarding marriage and singlehood across various conservative religious communities have much in common, and that religious singles often find themselves torn between their religious values and those of secular mainstream young adult society.
  • Is Part Of: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2016, Vol.55(3), pp.652-655
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0021-8294 ; E-ISSN: 1468-5906 ; DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12290
  • Subjects: Singles ; Conservative Religion

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