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Rebooting The Family. An Analysis of Members' Feelings about Organizational Change in a New Religious Movement

Nilsson, Sanja LU (2011) SOCM11 20102
Sociology
Abstract
The Family International is a Christian new religious movement founded in 1968. The movement has a history of frequent organizational changes, partly due to its theologically founded belief in continuous prophecy. The latest organizational change, the Reboot, was implemented in September 2010.

This paper aims to introduce the Reboot and show how changes in social boundaries are perceived by members of The Family International. This will be achieved by case studies of material derived from text documents, questionnaires and in-depth interviews analyzed through William Paden’s phenomenological theory of religious worlds and systems of purity.

Most members seem content with the changes. The Family has been a movement with very strict... (More)
The Family International is a Christian new religious movement founded in 1968. The movement has a history of frequent organizational changes, partly due to its theologically founded belief in continuous prophecy. The latest organizational change, the Reboot, was implemented in September 2010.

This paper aims to introduce the Reboot and show how changes in social boundaries are perceived by members of The Family International. This will be achieved by case studies of material derived from text documents, questionnaires and in-depth interviews analyzed through William Paden’s phenomenological theory of religious worlds and systems of purity.

Most members seem content with the changes. The Family has been a movement with very strict social boundaries. The loosening of them now seem at once to be motivated by the interaction with secular worlds in the form of secular institutions and the second generations demand for less tension with society at large. (Less)
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Nilsson, Sanja LU
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SOCM11 20102
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
new religious movement, The Family International, The Reboot, religious world, system of purity, organizational change
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English
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1764414
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2011-02-04 08:23:15
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  abstract     = {The Family International is a Christian new religious movement founded in 1968. The movement has a history of frequent organizational changes, partly due to its theologically founded belief in continuous prophecy. The latest organizational change, the Reboot, was implemented in September 2010. 

This paper aims to introduce the Reboot and show how changes in social boundaries are perceived by members of The Family International. This will be achieved by case studies of material derived from text documents, questionnaires and in-depth interviews analyzed through William Paden’s phenomenological theory of religious worlds and systems of purity. 

Most members seem content with the changes. The Family has been a movement with very strict social boundaries. The loosening of them now seem at once to be motivated by the interaction with secular worlds in the form of secular institutions and the second generations demand for less tension with society at large.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Sanja},
  keyword      = {new religious movement,The Family International,The Reboot,religious world,system of purity,organizational change},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Rebooting The Family. An Analysis of Members' Feelings about Organizational Change in a New Religious Movement},
  year         = {2011},
}