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

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

7. ”I have lived all my life in a reality that doesn’t exist”: Perspectives from Ex-members Raised in Controversial Minority Religions

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

Liselotte Frisk [+-]
Dalarna University, Sweden
Liselotte Frisk has been a professor in Religious Studies at Dalarna University, Sweden, since 2006. She presented a doctoral dissertation on new religious movements in 1993 at Åbo Akademi, Finland, and after that worked as a lecturer at Umeå University in Sweden for a few years. In 1999 she moved to Dalarna University where she created a profile of studying new religious movements within Religious Studies. Research projects include two projects about New Age in the 1990s, and, later, a 3-year project about what happened to the new religious movements from the 1960s and 70s over the decades, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Another research project, undertaken together with Peter Åkerbäck, Stockholm University, dealt with a local mapping of the new spirituality in Dalarna (2008-2011), funded by Vetenskapsrådet. A current research project, also funded by Vetenskapsrådet, deals with children in minority religions (2012-2015). All research projects have resulted in books and articles in Swedish as well as in English. Liselotte Frisk has been co-editor of the International Journal for the Study of New Religions (2010-2013), and is currently co-editor of Aura, a Nordic journal publishing academic articles about new religious movements. She was the director of International Society for the Study of New Religions for four years (2010-2013), and is now the vice director of FINYAR, the Nordic society for the academic study of new religions. Other research interests include new religions in Japan.

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This chapter discusses the experiences of ex-members from different perspectives. Some research indicates that a substantial minority of former members experience significant adjustment and psychological difficulties in connection with leaving an intensive religious group. This paper investigates the possible harm that an upbringing in a minority religion may cause, in terms of existing research and the narratives from ex-member interviews. The chapter also discusses different explanations for the very different narratives of childhoods in these groups.

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Frisk, Liselotte. 7. ”I have lived all my life in a reality that doesn’t exist”: Perspectives from Ex-members Raised in Controversial Minority Religions. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 171-207 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32374. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32374. Feb 2018

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