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Strategies among young Jehovah's Witnesses in secondary school in Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5967-0795
Ersta Sköndal högskola, Ersta Sköndal university college.
2012 (English)In: Religion and Young to Middle Aged Adults, 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sweden is among the most secular countries in the world and Jehovah’s Witness is a fundamentalist Christian organization with an ambition to present its interpretation of the Bible as truth. Emerging adults in Jehovah’s Witness are expected to behave and believe according to rules and a view of life which distinguish them from the values and teachings of the Swedish school.  The aim of the paper is to present strategies and reflections among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Swedish secondary school to meet the expectations of the religious community, when these are in conflict with the values and teachings of the school. Interviews with eleven former Jehovah’s Witnesses, now adults, have been conducted in the tradition of grounded theory. Strategies found where; 1) to stand up for their belief; 2) double standard and 3) flight. The reflections concern what it is to be an authentic person and the social context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Jehovah’s Witnesses, emerging adults, strategies, secondary school, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Att vara Jehovas vittne på ett svenskt sekulärt högstadium - en studie om krockar mellan fundamentalism och sekularism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-12601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-12601DiVA: diva2:627306
Conference
SSSR (Society for the Scientific Study of Religion) and Religious Research Association Annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, 9 - 11 November 2012.
Available from: 2013-06-11 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved

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