Understanding Young Adult Muslim and Christian Attitudes toward Queer Identity: A Canadian and UK Comparison

Sarah-Jane Page*, Heather Shipley

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This article utilises data from two parallel mixed-methods projects to examine attitudes to queer identity among heterosexual Muslim and Christian young adults aged between 18 and 25 in Canada and the UK. Drawing on questionnaires, interviews and video diaries, our analysis revealed the enormous complexity regarding how participants made sense of their, largely contextually mediated, attitudes. A qualitative approach enabled us to carefully consider how these attitudes are forged, formulated and embodied, offering greater nuance and detail compared with attitudinal approaches focused solely on quantitative data. Responses by these young Muslim and Christian participants explore the fluidity and movement in the attitudes expressed, further emphasising complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date21 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2021

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Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Arts and Humanities Research Council AH/G014051/1


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