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Nya religiösa rörelser och synen på utbildning: en studie i hur medlemmar från nya religiösa rörelser uppfattar skola och undervisning
Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The previous research in the field of new religious movements has mostly focused on the spectacular parts where phenomena such as “brainwashing” and the “charismatic leader” have attracted both media and the scientific studies of religion. Professor Liselotte Frisks has done several enquiries about sects and new religious movements in Sweden. One of her main conclusions is that the relation between these new religious movements and the rest of society has changed; a relation that used to be characterized by conflicts and tension is now becoming more open as both parts are changing.

This study does not focus on the spectacular parts. Instead I have studied something more common and general. I have studied how members from new religious movements are apprehending subjects as school and education. I have chosen two well-known religious movements: the church of Scientology and the Family Federation of World Peace and Unification. My comprehensive purpose is to analyze the members' opinions and views, to see whether their ideas are on terms with what the majority says or if it differs from the norm.

My conclusion is that the members of the Church of Scientology criticize the Swedish school system. They find it too theoretical and believe that there is not enough focus on aspects such as word-understanding. The Church of Scientology has their own pedagogy which is based on word-understanding. The members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification shared the opinion of the majority to a larger extent, as they did not prescribe such harsh critics about the school. However, they do believe that the school has to take a huge responsibility raising the students since many young people of today come from broken families. Strong families are one of the corner pillars of this movement. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
new religious movements, school, education, Church of Scientology, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
Keyword [sv]
nya religiösa rörelser, skola, undervisning, Scientologikyrkan, Familjefederationen för världsfred och enighet
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16625OAI: diva2:536564
Subject / course
The Study of Religions
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-22 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved

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