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Hur påverkar nya religiösa rörelser medlemmarnas Identitet?: En kvalitativ studie i avhoppares uppfattning.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to try to develop a better understanding of the process that being a member in a new religious movement might imply, and to find out how the identity of a defector changes from the time upon entering the movement, while they are within the movement and after leaving the movement. We also wanted to examine what kind of help and support would be needed around a defection. The study focuses on identity and our questions were: How does the defector describe him/herself and his/her identity before joining the new religious movement until the period after defecting? What demand for support and help may there be when defecting from new religious movement? The theoretical starting point was The Identity Theory, Structural Role Theory and KASAM. A qualitative method was used and four defectors from new religious movements were interviewed. The findings were that they described themselves as ”seekers” and ”lost” when they entered the movement and within the initial phase they repressed their personal identity whilst their social identity increased in strength. In due course, doubts began to arise and these continued to grow until the time of defection with mental instability as a result. The process led to the creation of a new selfidentity. Primarily support and help with strengthening the personal identity was needed. It would be advantageous if this support could be given by someone that had defected previously and with whom they could identify.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
new religious movement, identity, defector, manipulation
Keyword [sv]
nyreligiös rörelse, avhoppare, manipulation
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8020OAI: diva2:199433
Available from: 2008-06-16 Created: 2008-06-16Bibliographically approved

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