MODERN CATHOLICISM AND FEMALE IDENTITY
Keywords: Religion, Catholicism, Female identity, Secularisation, Ethnography
AbstractThis research explores the experiences of young Catholic women in contemporary Western European society. Using qualitative research methods, several in-depth interviews reveal how young Catholic’s idenity are structured and negotiated within an increasingly secularized society. It shows that young women today emphasize values of tolerance and indiscriminate love over traditional Catholic teachings. Furthermore community serves as important frame of reference for their religious engagement. The findings offer interesting comparisons and contradictions to the existing literature in the field.