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Knutby och stockholmssyndromet.: En religionspsykologisk undersökning avstockholmssyndromets koppling till våld i religiösa rörelser.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In January 2004 two members of the Pentecostal community Knutby Filadelfia in Uppsalamunicipality, Sweden, were shot by their fellow member Sara Svensson. With a qualitative hermeneutic case study as the principal method this essay takes on the task of not only investigating if and how Stockholm Syndrome can be used as a model for interpreting and understanding the violent incident in Knutby Filadelfia, but also to see if the unique characteristic of the Knutby incident can tell us something about Stockholm Syndrome as a model for understanding violence in religious movements. The material shows Stockholm Syndrome as having been present in Knutby because of among other things, a mileu, leadership and theology that supported the normalization of abuse and the enabling and maintaining of self punishment in the community. While Stockholm Syndrome still is a controversial theory this study shows that it can be used as a powerful tool in the understanding of violence in religious contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Knutby, Knutby Fildelfia, Stockholm Syndrome, religion, religious movements, violence, normalization, Sara Svensson, Åsa Waldau, Helge Fossmo
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94448OAI: diva2:753964
Subject / course
Science of religion
Available from: 2014-10-09 Created: 2014-10-09

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