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date: 13 November 2018

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This article stresses the importance of the nexus between generations and religion, and calls for more research on every aspect of the intergenerational question and in particular on ‘second-generation’ immigrants across countries, about whom very little is known. Research on generations and religion is largely focused upon majority populations in the United States and European countries. Critically important are the emerging religious patterns of ‘second-generation’ immigrants across countries in the recent era of widespread global movement. Compared with other social factors such as race, ethnicity, and social class, which have long been recognised as crucial to the sociological study of religion, what is striking about the generational concept is its sensitivity to the complexities of cultural change and continuity. Careful analysis of social life calls for attention to both of these fundamental features of human existence.

Keywords: immigration, social life, global movement, cultural change, human existence

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