Heteronormative Religion? Attitudes towards Abortion and Same-sex Relationships on a Global Scale Explored through the Lens of Triangulation

Navigating Universalism and Particularism in the Study of Religions - A Methodology for Global Landscapes - Peter Nynäs

Peter Nynäs [+-]
Åbo Akademi University
Dr. Theol. Peter Nynäs is Professor of Study of Religions at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology. He is Director and PI of the Åbo Akademi University Centre of Excellence in Research Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective Project (2015–2019) and earlier the Centre of Excellence in Research Post-secular Culture and a Changing Religious Landscape in Finland Project (2010–2014). Among the books he has edited are On the Outskirts of "the Church”: Diversities, Fluidities, and New Spaces of Religion in Finland (with R. Illman and T. Martikainen, LIT-Verlag, 2015), Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Everyday Life (with A. Yip, Ashgate, 2012), and The Diversity of Worldviews among Young Adults: Contemporary (Non)Religiosity and Spirituality through the Lens of an International Mixed Method Study (with A. Keysar, J. Kontala, B.-W. Kwaku Golo, M. Lassander, M. Shterin, S. Sjö, and P. Stenner, Springer, 2021).
Ariela Keysar [+-]
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
Dr. Ariela Keysar, a demographer, is a recipient of the 2021 Marshall Sklare Award, given by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry to ""a senior scholar who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry.” Keysar is Senior Fellow, Program on Public Values, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. She is Co-Principal Investigator, The Class of 1995/5755 Longitudinal Study of Young American and Canadian Jews, 1995-2019; and U.S. Principal Investigator, Young adults and religion in a global perspective, YARG, 2015-2018. She was Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College, 2005-19. Keysar is co-author of Religion in a Free Market and The Next Generation: Jewish Children and Adolescents. She co-edited volumes on secularism in relation to women, science, and secularity. She holds a Ph.D. in demography from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Clara Marlijn Meijer [+-]
Åbo Akademi University
Clara Marlijn Meijer is a doctoral candidate at the department Study of Religions at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Her study explores how Ghanaian young adults identifying as sexual minorities negotiate their sexuality and religious identity in everyday life. Her research is part of the Doctoral Training Network for Minority Research and the international research project Young Adults and Religion in a Global Perspective led by professor Peter Nynäs.
Sofia Sjö [+-]
Donner Institute, Turku
Dr. Theol. Sofia Sjö works as research librarian at the Donner Institute, Turku, Finland. Her research focuses on religion, popular culture, media and gender and has been published in a number of journals and edited volumes. She was a senior researcher in the YARG project and has co-edited three volumes within the project: a thematic issue on socialization published in Religion 49/2, "Digital Media, Young Adults, and Religion: An International Perspective" (Routledge 2020) and The Diversity of Worldviews among Young Adults: Contemporary (Non)Religiosity and Spirituality through the Lens of an International Mixed Method Study (Springer Forthcoming).

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In this chapter we explore the association between religion and heteronormativity in data from our mixed method study with young adults globally. We present some descriptive quantitative results, results from a cluster analysis and a multi-variate CHAID analysis. In addition, interview data helps us to nuance our comprehension further. On the one hand, our findings are consistent with many previous studies confirming the association between religion and heteronormativity, and on the other, they also indicate that e.g. tradition as a value is also an independently and relevant factor. With respect to this there are considerable variations between countries and contexts. How LGBTQI persons living in a heteronormative context themselves reproduce, manage or resist negative attitudes also vary significantly. The explorative approach in this chapter does not necessarily present new or surprising results. Rather, our use of a form of triangulation as an approach to our data underscores the value of systematic reflexivity – viewing things from different perspectives and in different lights. This is especially important when it comes to complex phenomena like religion, gender, and sexuality, and in cross-cultural studies.

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Nynäs, Peter; Keysar, Ariela; Meijer, Clara Marlijn; Sjö, Sofia. Heteronormative Religion? Attitudes towards Abortion and Same-sex Relationships on a Global Scale Explored through the Lens of Triangulation. Navigating Universalism and Particularism in the Study of Religions - A Methodology for Global Landscapes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2023. ISBN 9781000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44297. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44297. Oct 2023

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