Respecting Religion in Youth Music Subcultures: Inclusivity, Individuality and Conflict Avoidance Strategy

Ibrahim Abraham

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Abstract

Drawing on fieldwork with young Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians
involved in the secular punk rock subculture, this article examines strategies for building respectful relationships between religious and irreligious young people in youth music subcultures. Although punk rock developed as a secular and often anti-religious youth subculture, and although a thriving Evangelical subculture has developed with its own popular music scenes at odds with secular values, a significant number of young Christians have become active participants in punk. Arguing for the importance of musical and subcultural identities among contemporary youth, this article analyses examples of creative inclusivity and respectful relationships across religious boundaries, as well as examples of conflicts over spiritual values. Outlining strategies for building religious inclusivity and resolving religious conflict in youth subcultures, it is shown that where young people’s creative capacities and individual autonomy are respected and enabled by subcultural peers and secular or religious youth workers and institutions, strongly held religious views can still be welcomed within even strongly secular youth subcultures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Spirituality
Volume19
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)83–96
Number of pages14
ISSN1364-436X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • youth subculture
  • Christianity
  • SECULARISM
  • 5143 Social anthropology
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • popular music

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