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Title: Keeping the faith : the transmission of Sikhism among young British Sikhs (18-30)
Author: Singh, Jasjit
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis contributes to international research on the identities of a significant diasporic religious minority, the Sikhs. My study investigates the transmission of Sikhism among an under-researched age group, young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, and develops a framework for analysing the production and reproduction of religion in a British diasporic community. It examines the reasons and processes behind the growth of religious transmission events organized by and for young Sikhs such as youth camps and university Sikh societies and considers these in the context of both traditional and contemporary transmission methods, looking particularly at the role of families, religious institutions and the internet. The age group being studied is that of 'emerging adulthood', a phase of life which has emerged in modern industrial societies in the years between adolescence and marriage, during which many young Sikhs now have the time and space to examine their tradition on their own terms. As most studies of religious transmission have focused on members of western majority communities, the central question of this study is how transmission processes impact on young British-born members of a diasporic community, particularly one with such an often distinct external identity. To what extent are they influenced by migration, ethnicity and minority status? And, situated as they are in western modernity, how far do British Sikh emerging adults experience a 'turn to the self and manage individual authority whilst also sustaining membership of a religious community?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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