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Meet The Parents

Michele Dillon and Paul Wink

in In the Course of a Lifetime

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249004.003.0002
Meet The Parents

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This chapter presents some of the studies that were carried out on parents to understand the family context shaping religious socialization in the 1930s and 1940s. The interviews with the parents of the study participants provide a rare window into the family religious atmosphere of ordinary Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. Those valuable data illuminate the religious attitudes and habits of an earlier generation of parents and their approach to children's religious socialization. The parents' interviews are of further value because so little is known about the religious beliefs and habits of Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. The data suggest that women's greater tendency to be involved in church was partly driven by the expectation of mothers' greater responsibility for children's religious socialization. But women's participation was also enhanced by the meaningful role of faith in women's lives and by the fact that many found church itself an attractive social and recreational outlet, an appeal that was not as salient for men.

Keywords: parents; religious socialization; religious attitude; church; role of faith

Chapter.  7503 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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