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Forgiveness and reconciliation in a sociological context
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 2, 139-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Are forgiveness and reconciliation left to the theologians to define or can these concepts also be genuine concepts in sociology? In spite of the fact that sociology and social psychology have a lot of research about relationship, interaction and groups, there is not much research about forgiveness and reconciliation. This article presents the understanding of how relations can be revived, if once broken, if using these conceptions. The discussion also includes the concepts of shame and guilt and even confidence, particularly in relations where you find victim and perpetrator. The discussion is developed in a perspective of symbolic interactionism with examples from sociological research about men's violence against women and adults, especially fathers, abuse to their daughters. In this article the perpetrator feels guilt and the victim shame and the feeling of guilt makes the perpetrator to ask for forgiveness. When hate and hard feelings have come to an end, the reconciliation can occur as a consequence of the forgiveness.

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2013. Vol. 50, no 2, 139-156 p.
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forgiveness, reconciliation, shame and guilt, victim, perpetrator and actor
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240188ISI: 000345492300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240188DiVA: diva2:776067
Available from: 2015-01-06 Created: 2015-01-06 Last updated: 2015-01-06Bibliographically approved

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