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

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

12. In the Rear-view Mirror: Experiences of Attending an Ashram-based Religious Minority School in Sweden

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

Sanja Nilsson [+-]
Gothenburg University, Sweden
Sanja Nilsson is a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Dalarna University and Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her dissertation subject is children in controversial minority religions

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The topic of confessional education is an increasingly discussed and debated issue in the field of religious studies. While some controversial religious groups have managed to acquire and to keep the right to run schools on confessional grounds, others are still struggling with sceptical authorities, sometimes for years on end. In recent years, it has become more difficult for religious minorities to educate children on religious basis in Sweden, especially with the recent ban on home schooling on religious grounds in 2010. This article outlines the history of education in The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Sweden. The article starts by giving a brief presentation of the history of ISKCON, its theological foundation and the practice expected by members. This is followed by a general description of the movement’s history and present status in Sweden. The article then recounts for the Swedish gurukula in its different phases from a historical perspective and finally, empirical material in the form of interviews with former gurukula students shed some light onto the variations in experiences of the school. Conclusively, the current state of education of young people within the group in Sweden today is briefly accounted for.

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Nilsson, Sanja. 12. In the Rear-view Mirror: Experiences of Attending an Ashram-based Religious Minority School in Sweden. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 311-332 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32379. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32379. Feb 2018

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