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Jehovas vittnen i Sverige i ljuset av sekularisering: Deras metoder för att motverka sekulariseringens effekter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Jehova’s Witnesses in Sweden in the light of secularization : Their methods tocounteract the effects of secularization (English)
Abstract [en]

The reason behind this essay has been to study if previous research is relevant for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sweden and see if secularization has affected the organization or not. The empirical material is made from two qualitative group- interviews and open observations during two meetings in the Kingdom Hall. These studies were performed in Oskarshamn and Mönsterås during the month of February. The reason that these studies have been limited to Oskarshamn and Mönsterås is mainly because they were the only ones willing to do an interview.  According to previous research by James A. Beckfors and Andrew Holden, it has been shown that the Jehovah’s Witnesses hasn’t been affected by secularization, neither by new interpretations nor from the decrease of predicators. In my study, the interviewees have experienced secularization over the last 10-15 years while they are out preaching the religion. The organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sweden has been setting up rules for the members to follow, such as not live together before marriage or not get tattoos. This is rules set up to keep a distance between the members and the society and therefore the organization avoid the secularization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Jehovah´s Witnesses, Secularization, Rules, Seclusion, Belief, Religion in Sweden, Members
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34521OAI: diva2:720621
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2014-06-09 Created: 2014-06-01 Last updated: 2014-06-09Bibliographically approved

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