Immigrant language groups in Religious Organisations

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Immigrant language groups in Religious Organisations. / Nordin, Magdalena.

In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007, p. 65-86.

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T1 - Immigrant language groups in Religious Organisations

AU - Nordin, Magdalena

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Psychology and Sociology of Religion (015017040), Sociology of Religion (015017042)

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - religion

KW - immigrants

KW - congregation

KW - language groups

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 65

EP - 86

JO - Nordic Journal of Religion and Society

JF - Nordic Journal of Religion and Society

SN - 0809-7291

IS - 1

ER -