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In the Course of a LifetimeTracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change$
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Michele Dillon and Paul Wink

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249004

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249004.001.0001

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Meet The Parents

Meet The Parents

The Family Context Shaping Religious Socialization in the 1930s and 1940s

(p.22) 2 Meet The Parents
In the Course of a Lifetime

Michele Dillon

Paul Wink

University of California Press

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

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