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Religion and Welfare in EuropeGendered and Minority Perspectives$
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Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318972

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318972.001.0001

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Understanding religious minority communities as civil society actors

Understanding religious minority communities as civil society actors

(p.163) Eight Understanding religious minority communities as civil society actors
Religion and Welfare in Europe

Annette Leis-Peters

Policy Press

This chapter argues that research in the field of religious minorities needs to move away from the perspective of the majority society in favour of a civil society approach in which the interests of the religious minorities are built into the research design. The younger generation is under pressure not only to assimilate the values of the majority culture when it comes to professional development, but also to maintain the family's traditional—that is, religious—values. Integrating the perspectives of the religious minority communities into the research design itself permits markedly more nuanced findings, offering a more in-depth and accurate picture of the new ecology of religion.

Keywords:   religious minorities, majority society, civil society, younger generation, majority culture, professional development, religious values

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