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Abstract

This paper examines some of the different factors that affect a person’s religious identification. It focuses upon how different family roles and relationships are influential factors inthe personal beliefs and convictions of the individual. The family studied consisted of 4 members—mothers, father, and two daughters. Initially the family was integrated and shared the same Protestant Christian faith, but after a series of life-altering events, religious differences started forming as each member began to re-evaluate their beliefs. Sociological readings and class films were employed to analyze how one daughter’s religious views were altered by the changing lifesyles of her family, hence supporting the theory that familial ties are correlated to the socialization and internationalization of religion. Through this daughter’s re-evaluation of her faith, the process of socialization is illuminated and analyzed.

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