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En framgångsrik främling: Filadelfiaförsamlingen i Stockholm - självbild i historieskrivning och verksamhet 1910-1980
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis is to examine how a group’s self-image is created, sustained and if necessary changed during the revolutionary 20th century. The study takes its point of  eparture in the idea that a self-image is essential for an organisation’s cohesion and collective identity. The study object is the Pentecostal Philadelphia church in, Sweden, established in 1910. In concrete terms, the thesis examines the self-image of the church as it is expressed in its narratives and activities from 1910 to 1980. The lf-image is analysed with the aid of the concepts ‘boundaries’ and ‘symbols’ and in relation to social and organisational change processes. In the main the empirical material  onsists of official documents such as jubilee publications, annual reports and the weekly newspaper Evangelii Härold.

The main contribution of the thesis is an analysis of the church’s historical narrative. In this narrative the overall theme appears to be the small and faithful group that due to God’s influence and despite opposition became a major  nd significant church -- a success story. The theme also remains the same when the circumstances change. Narrative theory emphasises that the narrative has to be changeable order to be serviceable. However, my study shows that the narration, at least at the level highlighted in the thesis, is inert. The self-image seems to be difficult to change but is not necessarily static. The narrative is shown to include strategies for dealing with internal change processes and changes in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2014. , 252 p.
Örebro Studies in History, ISSN 1650-2418 ; 16
Keyword [en]
Historical narrative, group identity, Swedish Pentecostal Movement, church history, Free Churches
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39348ISBN: 9789175290508OAI: diva2:768703
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2014-12-05, Prismahuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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