The Next Generation Assyrians in Sweden: Religiosity as a functioning system of meaning within the process of acculturation
2011 (English)In: Mental Health, Religion & Culture, ISSN 1367-4676, E-ISSN 1469-9737, Vol. 14, no 5, 473-487 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
For ethnic groups in which religion is an important dimension of culture, attention needs to be paid to religiosity as a system of meaning when studying their process of acculturation. By making use of a sequential mixed model approach, where questionnaires are followed up by semi structured interviews, three generations of the Assyrian population in a Swedish city have been studied on their acculturation process in relation to religious values and practices. The quantitative material shows that religious values and practices decline from the grandparents to the younger generations, with a statistical significance of change. There is also statistical significance in gender differences in religious values and practices among the younger generations. Belief in a personal God is still very dominant among all the three generations of Assyrians. The interviews with the youth group show that religion has been a positive part of childhood. In adulthood, however, other systems of meaning also become central at the same time as religious institutions and representatives are being criticized.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 14, no 5, 473-487 p.
Health, meaning-making, acculturation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141634DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2010.484061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141634DiVA: diva2:385931