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Diversity and Intersectionality

Studies in Religion, Education and Values


Edited By Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis

This volume brings together two core concepts that are central to understanding the social and public significance of religions and theologies within the contemporary world and are therefore of key importance to the discipline of religious education: diversity and intersectionality. Religious diversity requires an understanding of religions and theologies and their roles within a plural society. However, the effect of the intersectionality of multiple social identities on a person’s flourishing illuminates the ways in which the broader complexity of diversity must be viewed from different perspectives.

These core constructs were brought together in a recent conference convened by the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, the leading international association for religious educators across the world. This volume presents twelve key contributions made to the seminar, spanning both conceptual and empirical approaches, and represents a unique collection of international perspectives on the interlocking themes of intersectionality and diversity.

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ELISABETH ARWECK is Principal Research Fellow in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) of the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick, UK, and the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Her research (mostly using qualitative methods) focuses on young people, religion, and education (understood broadly), including topics such as religious diversity, nonreligious identities, and the religious socialization and nurture of young people. Recent research projects have explored the role of religion in families facing austerity, young people’s attitudes to religious diversity, mixed-faith families, and values education. Recent publications on these topics include a range of (co-authored) articles in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. British Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Religion in Europe) and chapters in peer-reviewed volumes. She has also (co-)edited a special issue of Journal of Intercultural Studies on ‘Education about Religions and Worldviews’ (with Anna Halafoff and Donald Boisvert) and book volumes, e.g. Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity (Ashgate 2016), Religion and Knowledge (with Mathew Guest, 2012) and Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age (with Chris Deacy, 2009). She is the author of Researching New Religious Movements in the West (2007) and co-author (with Peter Clarke) of New Religious Movements in Western Europe: An Annotated Bibliography (1997).

JEFF ASTLEY is Alister Hardy Professor of Religion and Spiritual Experience at Glyndŵr University, UK, Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK,...

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