9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Religion and Churches in Europe Building II, Auditório C1.03

Religious practices in everyday life. The case of Jehovah Witnesses

The aim of this study is to investigate the resocialization process and the changes of the practices of everyday life as a result of the exit from a religious movement.
The individual, through the process of socialization, acquires, during the life, the basic models of behaviour, thought and action of its own socio-cultural environment. But the socialization involves the permanent renegotiations within all the subsystems of socialization, so the subjective reality is susceptible to changes.
This paper investigates the transformations in Weltanschauung, in the behaviour, in the social network and a redefinition of the self-image once one has left a religious movement. Through the study of a case, we'll analyse the degree and mode of change of the values and practices of everyday life, through the account of 23 former Jehovah's Witnesses, who lives in Italy and in Switzerland. This religious group is particulary interesting because they cannot divide they religious beliefs from they religious practice, and so it represents an anomalous case in a world in which the area of religious practice is more and more small.