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The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults’ imagined futures

Page, Sarah-Jane; Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck

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Sarah-Jane Page

Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip


This article draws from a mixed-method project that examined religion, youth, gender, and sexuality among young women and men aged between 18 and 25, from seven religious traditions, and living in the UK. It charts how unmarried heterosexuals imagined their future lives in relation to marriage and parenthood. We deploy conceptual literature on the ‘imagined future’, which is under-used in the sociology of religion, to explore what difference, if any, religious belonging makes to the futures they imagined. We assert that religion is part of the participants’ cultural tapestry which broadly informed their values and actions. In other words, religion, as a component of culture, provides a ‘tool kit’ which they utilised in the imagining of futures that they deemed meaningful. This article contributes significantly to literature on gender and religious cultures, and imagined future, highlighting the complex and interweaving role religion played in how young adults imagined their future gendered lives.


Page, S.-J., & Yip, A. K.-T. (2019). The gendering of heterosexual religious young adults’ imagined futures. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 34(2), 253-273.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2019
Publication Date Jul 8, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 31, 2019
Journal Journal of Contemporary Religion
Print ISSN 1353-7903
Electronic ISSN 1469-9419
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 253-273
Keywords Gender equality, gender roles, marriage, parenthood, childcare, religion, imagined future
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2016-09-15; Accepted: 2017-02-10; Published: 2019-07-08
Contract Date Jul 31, 2019


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