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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Immigrant language groups in religious organisations
Author(s) Nordin, Magdalena
Date 2007
English abstract
During the process of migration, many immigrants undergo a number of changes in their relationships to their religious organisations. One factor that has emerged as especially important in immigrants’ congregational affiliation is the availability of language groups in immigrants’ mother tongues. This article examines how these groups are formed and the roles they play in the lives of their members. The study is based on interviews conducted with Chilean-Swedes living in the Malmö-Lund area in Sweden. All participants were connected to Catholic, Pentecostal and Jehovah’s Witness congregations in various ways. The study concludes that the overall tendency is that language groups serve a number of positive purposes for their participants. In addition to the prominent linguistic factor, the language groups were also significant for social contact with other Chilean-Swedes and the intimacy experienced in the groups. The interviews also revealed that language groups were at times experienced as negative by some of their members. Keywords: religion, immigrants, congregation, language groups
Publisher Tapir academic press
Host/Issue Nordic Journal of Religion and Society;1
Volume 20
ISSN 0809-7291
Pages 65-78
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) religion
language groups
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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