Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach

Streib H (2002) CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2.
Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie.

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This article presents the results of a qualitative study initiated by the Enquete Commission of the 13th German Parliament on 'So-called Sects and Psychogroups'. Narrative interviews with members and ex-members of Christian-fundamentalist groups in Germany were conducted, selected according to the rule of maximal contrast, and interpreted using sequence analysis and narrative analysis. Our study yielded the following results: a typology of Christian-fundamentalist biographies, including an unexpected type which we have called 'accumulative heretic;' insights into the motivational impact of specific life themes which lead to, or impede, a certain 'fit' between the convert and the intellectual, ritual and moral setting of the respective group; and discernment of the indication of transformation and development during and after membership in Christian-fundamentalist milieus. A framework of religious styles is suggested to understand the formation and transformation of fundamentalist orientation.
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Streib H. Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach. CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2. Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie; 2002.
Streib, H. (2002). Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach (CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2). Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie.
Streib, H. (2002). Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach. CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2, Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie.
Streib, H., 2002. Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach, CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2, Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie.
H. Streib, Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach, CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2, Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie, 2002.
Streib, H.: Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach. CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2. Universität Bielefeld, Theologie, Bielefeld (2002).
Streib, Heinz. Biographical and religious development in christian-fundamentalist converts and deconverts: a narrative approach. Bielefeld: Universität Bielefeld, Theologie, 2002. CIRRuS Research Reports ; 2.
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