L'appartenance en question. Dynamiques et composition de l'univers de sens de jeunes Québécois sans affiliation religieuse

Authors: Sirois, Élisabeth
Advisor: Perreault, Jean-Philippe
Abstract: In the past decades, the proportion of people declaring themselves as "religious nones" in polls and population surveys has increased significantly in most Western societies. The province of Quebec is no exception to this trend, as this phenomenon of religious disidentification seems to be significatively high among the younger generations. In the Franco-Quebecois context, qualitative studies carried out among this heterogeneous demographic group remain quite rare. As more and more young people identify as religious nones, we have to admit that we know very little about the state of their beliefs. Who are these "nones" and what defines them? How does the label they claim reflect their nonreligious identities? How can the biographical account of these young people inform us about the evolution of their relationship to religion? These are just a few of the questions we have to adress regarding the implicit and explicit ways in which the absence of religion is experienced in the lives of young Quebecers. The spectrum of those who identify themselves as religious nones is wide and porous, but the principle of non-affiliation is a strong affirmation factor in a society where debates surrounding the place of religion continue to polarize. This thesis aims to describe the configuration and the dynamics of the imagination of young Quebecers without religion by identifying their beliefs, values, standards, visions of life and death and by understanding how these different components interact with each other. From this exploration, we will try to identify certain characteristics of the current religious recomposition.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2021
Open Access Date: 20 December 2021
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/71250
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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