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Att lämna en värld: Om utgångsprocesser ur Jehovas vittnen
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5967-0795
2009 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, no 3-4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

It is an everyday experience to realize that things do not turn out the as expected. But what if you realize that everything you have so far experienced as reality is illusion? This article is about former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who have had doubts about what they previously believed to be the Truth. The article also treats the exit process, from being a Jehovah’s Witness to becoming an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. The data consists of twenty qualitative interviews with ten Jehovah’s Witnesses and twenty qualitative interviews with ten former Jehovah’s Witnesses. The data also include a diary written during four years preceding an exit from the organization. The analysis was made through thematic concentration. Ontologically the analysis and the article are based on a constructionist view though it is mainly empirical with no further theoretical assessment. However, to be able to understand the results a contextual frame is sketched with two factors affecting members who make an exit. First there are tying factors that bind the person closer to the organization; these are closeness and friendship and confirmation. A secluding factor is something that secludes the member from the outside society; these factors are the work situation and »closed doors«. With high values on these factors the exit process will be more arduous. The results are presented through a process model in which different phases or steps in the exit process are described. The following steps in the process are: (1) different levels of doubts; (2) trying out doubts; (3) turning points; (4) different decisions; (5) different steps in execution; (6) floating; (7) relative neutrality. The process is defined as an altogether ambivalent and emotionally tough experience, but other parts of life may be affected as well, such as employment, social life, family life and career.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete (FORSA) , 2009. no 3-4
Keyword [sv]
Utgångsprocess, Jehovas vittnen, exlusion/inclusion
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6118OAI: diva2:520509
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