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Strategies among young Jehovah’s Witnesses in secondary school in Sweden
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Högskolan Dalarna.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
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.

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2012.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4207DiVA: diva2:765139
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SSSR (Society for the Scientific Study of Religion) and Religious Research Association Annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, 9 - 11 November 2012
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-21 Last updated: 2014-11-21Bibliographically approved

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