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Religious Belonging in Family, School, and Ethnic Communities: Changes in Christian–Catholic Second Generations in Italy

  • Roberta RicucciEmail author
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Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE)

Abstract

While migration waves from Central and Eastern Europe signify an increasing number of second generations with a Christian–Catholic (CC) background, the almost exclusive debate on the migration of Muslims has allowed little investigation of the increase in migration of the Christian contingent and very few studies have been conducted from a youth perspective. The question of how faith, ethnicity, and religious socialisation relate to one another is highly pertinent in the Italian context where Catholicism continues to be the religion of reference for the majority of the population, in spite of increasing trends in secularisation in other European countries. The core goal of this chapter is to analyse how religious belonging is changing and what the challenges to this issue are within the ethnic community of Christian second generations. The chapter will present an initial attempt, by drawing on 30 qualitative interviews, to analyse how young Filipinos, Peruvians, and Romanians (aged 18–24 years) living in Italy manage their relationship with religion, by considering whether and how they continue to be linked with their religious ethnic communities.

Keywords

Religion Young people Migration Ethnic identity Italy Second generation Christianity Roman Catholicism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology of Interethnic RelationsUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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