Religious Education in a Global-Local World

  • Jenny Berglund
  • Yafa Shanneik
  • Brian Bocking

Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jenny Berglund, Yafa Shanneik, Brian Bocking
    Pages 1-10
  3. Áine Hyland, Brian Bocking
    Pages 123-133
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 241-243

About this book


This book examines Religious Education (RE) in over ten countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Mali, Russia, UK, Ireland, USA, and Canada. Investigating RE from a global and multi-interdisciplinary perspective, it presents research on the diverse past, present, and possible future forms of RE. In doing so, it enhances public and professional understanding of the complex issues and debates surrounding RE in the wider world. The volume emphasizes a student-centred approach, viewing any kind of ‘RE’, or its absence, as a formative lived experience for pupils. It stresses a bottom-up, sociological and ethnographic/anthropological research-based approach to the study of RE, rather than the ‘top down’ approaches which often start from prescriptive legal, ideological or religious standpoints.   The twelve chapters in this volume regard RE as an entity that has multiple and contested meanings and interpretations that are constantly negotiated. For some, ‘RE’ means religious nurturing, either tailored to parental views or meant to inculcate a uniform religiosity. For others, RE means learning about the many religious and non-religious world-views and secular ethics that exist, not promoting one religion or another. Some seek to avoid the ambiguous term ‘religious education’, replacing it with terms such as ‘education about religions and beliefs’ or ‘the religious dimension of intercultural education’.


Critical religion Ethnographical Textbooks Interculturality Interreligious Literacy Multi-faith religious education Religious Public Primary School Religious diversity Religious education Religious instruction Social Inclusion

Editors and affiliations

  • Jenny Berglund
    • 1
  • Yafa Shanneik
    • 2
  • Brian Bocking
    • 3
  1. 1.Södertörn UniversityFlemingsberg, Huddinge, StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Religious Studies DepartmentUniversity of South Wales Religious Studies DepartmentTreforestUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University College Cork College of Arts, O’Rahilly BuildingCorkIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32287-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32289-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-5281
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-529X
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