Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists

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Peter Beyer and Rubina Ramji, Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), 360 pp. 17 tables. 3 diagrams. Cased. £69. ISBN 978-0-7735-4137-5. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4138-2.

This book is a comparative study of religion among young adults of Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist immigrant families. Although the focus of the book is on Canada, it ends with a comparative chapter with the United States (US) and Western Europe. The research that the book is based is on is primarily interviews with over two hundred individuals, aged 18 to 26, and was cross-national and involved a series of different institutions that collab- orated with each other. The book is the first in its field to focus on religious identity in Canada as opposed to ethnic identity, which has been the subject of a considerable body of literature. The authors make the argument that it is only now when second-generation migrants of Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist identification in Canada have reached adult status that a study of this type could actually be undertaken.

The book tends to focus on Toronto, especially the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), as this is one of the most prominent parts of Canada where there are large numbers of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists residing. This perhaps partly explains why Sikhs were not also included in the study, as along with Toronto, there is also a large Sikh community in Vancouver. The authors make a series of interesting observations, quite a few of which counter popular perceptions of religiosity, especially among young Muslims. …

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