RELIGIOUSNESS AND VOLUNTEERING: SEARCHING FOR CONNECTIONS IN LATE MODERNITY
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AbstraktSeveral studies have verified connections between religiousness and volunteering, especially
when religiousness is measured against traditional religious activities such as attending mass.
The number of people taking part in traditional religious activities is decreasing and beliefs and
ways of being religious are becoming increasingly diverse. As religiousness changes, the connections
between religiousness and volunteering can be assumed to change as well. This paper
scrutinizes the associations between different styles of religiousness and volunteering in individuals’
lives. The analysis is based on 24 interviews of Finnish volunteers aged from 21 to 36. The
results show that religion can be associated with volunteering by individuals on two levels: as an
integral part right at the heart of volunteering, and also in the background associated with the
values and worldviews of the individual volunteer. These results are discussed in relation to the
theoretical perspective of dimensions of religious identification.
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