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

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

13. Raising and Schooling Children in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: The Swedish Perspective

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.
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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This chapter discusses the upbringing and schooling of children in the Exclusive Brethren in Sweden, based on field work, interviews and archival material. An important religious principle for the Brethren is the principle of “separation” from the world. The paper will discuss the consequences of this principle from the perspectives of members of the church as well as from the perspective of contemporary society. It further discusses how the children are socialized into a religious perspective and form their identity as Brethren, and what the principle pf separation means in terms of schooling. In Sweden, there is one free school, the Labora School, where the about 50 pupils are members of the Brethren. Since the school opened in August 2007, after being turned down twice by the Swedish school authorities, it has been widely criticized in media. The second part of this chapter outlines the history of the Labora School in Sweden, and places its existence in the wider debate about confessional and non-confessional free schools in one of the most secularized countries in the world.

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Frisk, Liselotte; Nilsson, Sanja. 13. Raising and Schooling Children in the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church: The Swedish Perspective. Children in Minority Religions - Growing Up in Controversial Religious Groups. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 333-361 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794203. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32380. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32380. Feb 2018

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