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Values and Religious Identity of Russian Students from Different Religions

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Abstract

According to the models by Allport and Gorsuch and McPherson (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28:348–354, 1989), religious identity is a complex psychosocial formation with a four-factor structure containing two bipolar dimensions: personal and social and intrinsic and extrinsic. This chapter deals with an empirical study of religious identity and value orientations among Russian young adults based on Van Camp’s Individual/Social Religious Identity Measure (2010) and Schwartz’s Portrait Value Questionnaire (2012). The study results lead to the conclusion that in the Russian sample, the four-factor religious identity model is applicable to the Muslim and Orthodox Christian groups only. Research findings include correlations between conservation values and both intrinsic and extrinsic components of religious identity across all three religious groups. The study has also revealed that other correlations between values and religious identity components vary for the Buddhist, Muslim, and Orthodox Christian religious groups.

Keywords

  • Religious identity
  • Religiosity
  • Values
  • Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Orthodoxy

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Notes

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    The International Social Survey Programme Data Catalogue. Retrieved from http://www.issp.org

  2. 2.

    Transcript of Russian President’s meeting with the mufti of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia 22.10.2013. Internet resource “Russian President.” Retrieved from http://www.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/19474

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    Levada-Center Survey “Church and Government.” 12–15.02.2016. Retrieved from http://levada.ru/2016/02/19/tserkov-i-gosudarstvo-2/

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Khukhlaev, O.Y., Shorokhova, V.A., Grishina, E.A., Pavlova, O.S. (2018). Values and Religious Identity of Russian Students from Different Religions. In: Lebedeva, N., Dimitrova, R., Berry, J. (eds) Changing Values and Identities in the Post-Communist World . Societies and Political Orders in Transition. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72616-8_10

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