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Vi tysta kväkare pratar så gärna.: En studie om svenska kväkares tystnad och tal
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
We silent Quakers like to talk : A study on Swedish Quakers silence and speech (English)
Abstract [en]

This qualitative research study aims to investigate how eight members of the Society of Friends (also known as Quakers) experience a divine presence in their Meeting for Worship. The purpose is also to find out how their identity as Quakers has been created, and to see how they look at their Meeting of Worship when it comes to ritual as a concept.

The method used in this study is individual, semi-structured interviews and observations of Meeting of Worship. The results show a relatively homogeneous group of individuals from a secular upbringing who as adults sought out a community where silence is appreciated and used to achieve an experience of a divine presence. Berger and Luckmann's theories of socialization have been applied to the results and the discussion reveals how the secondary socialization has been essential in the process of forming the individual into being a Quaker. There is however one exception, in the form of one participant who grew up in the Society of Friends. Catherine Bell’s ritual theory, that no ritual can be defined without its context, can be applied to the Quaker’s view of a ritual. The view Bell has on rituals can be used to understand the views shared by the participants in the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Society of Friends, Quaker, Meeting for Worship, Silence, Ritual, Socialization
Keyword [sv]
Vännernas samfund, Kväkare, Tysta andakter, Socialisation
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42924OAI: diva2:808916
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2015-05-06 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved

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