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Nilsson, S. (2021). Barn och unga i nya religiösa rörelser: Erfarenheter av skolans värld . Föreningen Lärare i religionskunskap (51), 83-92
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barn och unga i nya religiösa rörelser: Erfarenheter av skolans värld 
2021 (Swedish)In: Föreningen Lärare i religionskunskap, no 51, p. 83-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Föreningen Lärare i Religionskunskap, 2021
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-41143 (URN)
Available from: 2021-03-09 Created: 2021-03-09 Last updated: 2021-11-01Bibliographically approved
Frisk, L. & Nilsson, S. (2021). The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Sweden: Child Rearing and Schooling. The Journal of CESNUR, 5(2), 135-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Sweden: Child Rearing and Schooling
2021 (English)In: The Journal of CESNUR, ISSN 2532-2990, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 135-160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors have published another article, based on the same empirical material (Frisk and Nilsson 2018). This article will give an in-depth “thick description” of child rearing and schooling in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Sweden. The first part of the article is based on interviews with children and young people in the group conducted in 2014 and 2015, and focuses on Brethren identity and socialization. The second part of the article discusses the Labora School, a nonconfessional free school which was established by a group of Brethren parents and business owners in 2007. This part of the article also reflects the public debate about confessional and non-confessional free schools in Sweden. The Labora school has been criticized by both the Swedish Schools Inspectorate and the media. This section of the article is based mainly on official school inspection documents and media material. Since writing this article, the Labora School changed its name in 2019, to One School Global Nyby Campus, and is affiliated to One School Global, the Brethren schools worldwide (One School Global 2020). The third part of the article deals with parents’ and children’s experiences of the school, again using interview material.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CESNUR, 2021
Keywords
Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, Labora School, Religion in Sweden, Religious Identity, Religious Socialization
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Child and youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-41142 (URN)10.26338/tjoc.2021.5.2.7 (DOI)
Available from: 2021-03-09 Created: 2021-03-09 Last updated: 2021-04-13Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2019). Children Reared in Sectarian Groups. In: The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolecent Development: . John Wiley & Sons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children Reared in Sectarian Groups
2019 (English)In: The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolecent Development, John Wiley & Sons, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A broad definition of what constitutes a sectarian group is social and theological deviance and/or innovation, often paired with some level of critique of and isolation or withdrawal from society. It is impossible to say how many children (under the age of 18) worldwide grow up in so‐called sectarian groups. There are primarily three reasons why such an estimation is problematic: the definitions of the terms new religionscults, and sectarian groups vary according to time and location; the nature of sectarian groups tends to encompass withdrawal from society, which means that the beliefs of a group may not be known to wider society; and the groups are often wary about stating or have no knowledge of their own membership figures, sometimes due to unclear definitions of membership. This entry examines various impacts of the ways in which sectarian groups interact with socialization, education, health, and abuse, and the possible consequences for children reared in such groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019
National Category
Social Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27154 (URN)10.1002/9781119171492.wecad249 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-12Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2019). New Religious Movements, Totalitarian Regimes, and Authoritarian Governments. Religion – Staat – Gesellschaft : Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews (18), 147-158
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Religious Movements, Totalitarian Regimes, and Authoritarian Governments
2019 (English)In: Religion – Staat – Gesellschaft : Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews, ISSN 1438-955X, no 18, p. 147-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
LIT Verlag, 2019
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27158 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2022-08-17Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2019). Performing Perfectly: Presentations of Childhood in Knutby Filadelfia Before and After the Breakup of the Congregation. (Doctoral dissertation). Förlag Göteborgs Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing Perfectly: Presentations of Childhood in Knutby Filadelfia Before and After the Breakup of the Congregation
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Knutby Filadelfia Congregation, founded in 1921, started out as a Pentecostal congrega- tion. It has, however, been considered a deviant and semi-isolated new religious movement ever since it became known to the public after a murder took place within its community in 2004. The massive media attention it received revealed the presence of a charismatic leader within the group, and the development of a new theology in which the charismatic leader was con- sidered to be the Bride of Christ. After 2004, the congregation reinforced its boundaries with society, and then suddenly began to dissolve in 2016. This study discusses the development of totalistic features within the congregation from the perspective of sociologist Erving Goffman; it highlights the simultaneous presence of in-group as well as out-group social stigma; and it explores the conflicting presentations of childhood in the congregation in performances from before and after the dissolution of the congregation. The results are based on empirical material from 25 semi-structured interviews with children and youth aged 7–25, 2 focus group interviews with youths, and 24 days of participant obser- vations. Goffman’s theoretical framework, including the key concepts total institutions, stigma, and presentations, is used together with an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach in order to explore the experiences of childhoods as presented by children and youth within the congregation. The findings suggest that their individual understandings of and responses to the presence of a charismatic authority, as well as the consequences of such authorities on parent–child relations, are individual. The Pre-Narratives focus on stigmatisation from society, while the Post-Narratives include stigma within the congregation in the form of social exclusion. The study further indicates that the presentations of childhoods given prior to and after the dissolution of the congregation, the so-called Pre- and Post-Narratives, differ due to changing dramaturgical loyalties, although they should both be considered front-stage activity in Goffman’s terms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Förlag Göteborgs Universitet, 2019
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27157 (URN)978-91-7833-394-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-03-22, 11:24 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2024-02-23Bibliographically approved
Frisk, L., Nilsson, S. & Åkerbäck, P. (2018). Children in Minority Religions: Growing up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children in Minority Religions: Growing up in Controversial Religious Groups
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Equinox Publishing, 2018
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27156 (URN)9781781794203 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-12Bibliographically approved
Frisk, L., Nilsson, S. & Åkerbäck, P. (2017). Guds nya barnbarn: Att växa upp i kontroversiella religiösa grupper. Dialogos Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Guds nya barnbarn: Att växa upp i kontroversiella religiösa grupper
2017 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Hur är det att vara barn och växa upp i en religiös minoritetsgrupp som Hare Krishna, Scientologi-kyrkan, Jehovas Vittnen, Knutby Filadelfia, Plymouth-bröderna, Enighetskyrkan eller Guds Barn/Familjen? Boken bygger framför allt på ett 70-tal intervjuer med såväl vuxna som barn som vuxit upp i dessa grupper, samt på intervjuer med ett 20-tal föräldrar, men också på fältobservationer och textstudier av gruppernas material kring barn och barnuppfostran. Livsvillkoren för barnen kan vara mycket olika, bland annat för att de olika religiösa grupperna har olika ideologier och syn på barnuppfostran, men också på individuella omständigheter inom olika familjer, fas i gruppens utveckling samt samhällets gensvar och reaktioner på gruppen ifråga. Boken diskuterar teman som socialisation, identitet, avhopp och skolgång, men tar också upp farhågor kring dessa grupper som auktoritär uppfostran, aga, isolering från samhället, separationer mellan föräldrar och barn, och bristande omsorg vad gäller mat och hälsa. Författare är professor i religionsvetenskap Liselotte Frisk, Högskolan Dalarna, fil. dr Peter Åkerbäck, Stockholms Universitet, och doktorand Sanja Nilsson, Högskolan Dalarna och Göteborgs universitet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dialogos Förlag, 2017
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27155 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-25Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2016). Children in New Religions. In: The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements: . Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children in New Religions
2016 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27152 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-25Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2011). Rebooting The Family: Organizational Change within The Family International. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 2(2), 157-178
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rebooting The Family: Organizational Change within The Family International
2011 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of New Religions, ISSN 2041-952X, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 157-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Family International (TFI) is a religious movement that emerged in the late 1960s. It was founded by David Berg (1919?1994), who later came to be perceived by adherents as the End-Time Prophet. The movement is based on Christian theology but has never had more than 10 000 followers. It has, however, made itself internationally famous through a radical interpretation of the Bible and critique of mainstream society. The Family has received media attention partly due to its liberal views on sexuality. The group is well-known within the research field of sociology of religion and new religious movements, and has been extensively studied as a “high-tension” group that has limited and regulated contact with mainstream society. Although there are some excellent in-depth case studies on the Family, the group is constantly changing due to its theology being based on continuous prophecy. This means that the group’s doctrines and praxis have changed considerably over the course of its 40-year history. This article examines the latest change in The Family International, called the Reboot, which was implemented in September 2010, in order to get a clearer picture of what constitutes this shift. This article also aims to show how changes in social boundaries due to the implementation of the Reboot are perceived by some members of The Family International.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Equinox Publishing, 2011
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27151 (URN)10.1558/ijsnr.v2i2.157 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-25Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, S. (2010). Barn i Krishna-rörelsen i Sverige: Bör vi oroa oss. Aura: Tidskrift för akademiska studier av nyreligiositet, 2(1), 1-21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barn i Krishna-rörelsen i Sverige: Bör vi oroa oss
2010 (Swedish)In: Aura: Tidskrift för akademiska studier av nyreligiositet, ISSN 2000-4419, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Hur man uppfostrar barn inom nyreligiösa rörelser är en ständig debattfråga. Ofta dras vitt skilda grupper över en kam, inte sällan styrs debatten av ett ensidigt perspektiv och gamla uppgifter. När föreställningar byggda på förutfattade meningar får ersätta fakta finns risk för att barn som växer upp inom nyreligiösa rörelser tar skada genom samhällets oförmåga att leta efter likheter snarare än olikheter. Bristen på kunskap om dessa barns faktiska uppväxtvillkor riskerar att underbygga fördomar och i längden medverka till ett ökat spänningsförhållande mellan allmänheten och den grupp barnen växer upp inom. Aktuell forskning på ämnet är därför av största vikt.Syftet med artikeln har varit att beskriva hur barn som växer upp inom Hare Krishna-rörelsens jordbrukskollektiv Almviks By i Sverige idag socialiseras och om möjligt besvara frågan om det finns anledning till oro från samhällets sida när det gäller barnens situation.Utgångspunkten är en lista över orosmoment man från samhällets sida upplever när det gäller barn som växer upp inom nyreligiösa rörelser. Denna är hämtad ur den statliga utredningen I God Tro: Samhället och Nyandligheten (1998). Genom deltagande observationer i Almviks Gård har socialisationen av barn analyserats ur ett socialkonstruktivistiskt perspektiv.Resultatet av undersökningen visar att religiös socialisering integreras i den övriga socialisationen. Inga av de farhågor som beskrivs i den statliga utredningen präglar socialisationen på ett övergripande sätt.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Child and youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-27150 (URN)
Available from: 2020-11-03 Created: 2020-11-03 Last updated: 2020-11-25Bibliographically approved
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