Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

1. The Politicization of Children in Minority Religions: The Swedish and the European Contexts

Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups - Liselotte Frisk

Peter Åkerbäck [+-]
Stockholm University, Sweden
Peter Åkerbäck has a PhD in History of Religion from Stockholm University and is Director of Studies in the Department of Sociology there. His dissertation The Impermanent Religions: Collective Suicide and Salvation in Peoples Temple, Ordre du Temple Solaire and Heaven's Gate was published in Swedish in 2008. He is co-author with Liselotte Frisk of New Religiosity in Contemporary Sweden: The Dalarna Study in National and International Context published by Equinox in 2015.

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This chapter presents and discusses the public discourse about the so-called “cults”, which has changed from the brainwashing discourse of the 1970s and 80s to a discourse in which children are in focus in the 2000s. What is considered problematic with these groups is no longer primarily the members who join or remain in these groups, but the children growing up in them. The changing face of the politicization of cults and how children came to be the focus in the contemporary public discourse will be discussed. The Swedish situation will be highlighted against the context of other countries in Europe. A number of examples from public discourse about cults will be discussed: the demise of the so-called anti-cult groups, motions submitted to the parliament concerning cults, state reports about cults, and different reports relating to human rights and children´s rights. A number of possible underlying factors for these changes will be discussed.

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Åkerbäck, Peter. 1. The Politicization of Children in Minority Religions: The Swedish and the European Contexts. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 17-39 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32366. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32366. Feb 2018

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