Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Healing, andlighet och nyreligiösa rörelser: En studie av de organisatoriska förändringarna inom Reconnective Healing
Karlstad University.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Healing, Spirituality and New Religious Movements : A Study of the Organizational Changes within Reconnective Healing (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna uppsats är att hitta en förklaring till varför andliga healinginriktningar med tiden upphör att kunna bedömas som andliga. Undersökningen tar avstamp i hypotesen att socialpsykologiska skäl ligger bakom. Den tidigare forskningen, gjord av Roy Wallis, Stefan Thau et al, Małgorzata Kossowska och Maciej Sekerdej, Juliette Schaafsma och Kipling D. Williams, samt en tidigare uppsats skriven av undertecknad, behandlar därför socialpsykologi med koppling till rörelser. Arbetet undersöker healingorganisationen Reconnective Healing som tidigare kategoriserats som andlig men som nyligen genomgått organisatoriska förändringar. Forskningsfrågorna berör vilka förändringar som skett och vart organisationen idag kan placeras begreppsmässigt. Den teoretiska bakgrunden utgörs av Olav Hammer, Roy Wallis, Christopher Partridge samt Anton Geels och Owe Wikström samt deras begreppsdefinitioner av andlighet, sekt, kult, religion och nyreligion. Även teorier kring socialpsykologi, av Lars Svedberg och Björn Nilsson, presenteras. Metoden för arbetet är kvalitativa intervjuer av Reconnective Healingutövare, samt komparativ analys. Resultatet visar att organisationen rört sig från andlighetsbegreppet och närmat sig begreppet nyreligion. De organisatoriska förändringarna tycks bottna i grundaren Eric Pearls vilja att minska pluralistiska synsätt inom organisationen genom att exkludera medlemmar samt strama åt regler och riktlinjer. Vidare tyder resultatet på att organisationer generellt kanske aldrig kan klassificeras som andliga då socialpsykologin inom gruppsammansättningar skapar faktorer som strider mot det mesta som definierar andlighet.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to find a reason to why spiritual healing movements in time tend to fall outside the concept of spirituality. The hypothesis for this work is that it happens due to the social psychology within  group constellations. Therefore the previous research, by Roy Wallis, Stefan Thau et al, Małgorzata Kossowska och Maciej Sekerdej, Juliette Schaafsma och Kipling D. Williams, and an earlier essay written by me, focuses on social psychology with connections to movements of different kinds. The essay investigates the healing organization Reconnective Healing, which has been categorized as spiritual but might not be anymore, due to some recent organizational changes. The research questions focus on what kind of changes has happened and where the organization can be placed in a concept categorisation today. The theoretical background is based on Olav Hammer, Roy Wallis, Christopher Partridge and Anton Geels and Owe Wikström. It consists of the concept definitions of spirituality, cult, sect, religion and new religion. Moreover, theories evolving social psychology, by Lars Svedberg and Björn Nilsson, is presented. The method used is comparative analysis and qualitative interviews of Reconnective Healing Practitioners. The result shows that the organization has moved from the concept of spirituality towards the concept of new religion. The cause of the organizational changes seems to be the founder, Eric Pearls will to decrease pluralistic views within the organisation, by excluding members and tighten the rules and guidelines. Moreover, the result indicates that organisations in general might never be able to be categorised as spiritual since the social psychology within group constellations creates factors that contradict most contents within spirituality. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Healing, spirituality, sect, cult, religion, new religion, social psychology, organizational changes
Keywords [sv]
Healing, andlighet, sekt, kult, religion, nyreligion, socialpsykologi, organisatoriska förändringar
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65805DiVA, id: diva2:1179993
Subject / course
Religious Studies and Theology
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Secondary Education Programme: Grades 7-9: Religion (270 ECTS credits)
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2019-04-18 Created: 2018-02-03 Last updated: 2019-04-18Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(402 kB)16 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 402 kBChecksum SHA-512
17a455a054a71ac892310584f3e4355225b68d094a449fe46da6131913237b06c1f3e1f9f7681093be6607505948ad280cd19fbdf20d32cd74233b57fe702c79
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Karlstad University
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 16 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 46 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf