Self-Affirmation, Freedom, and Rationality: Theoretically Elaborating "Active" Conversions

@article{Dawson1990SelfAffirmationFA,
  title={Self-Affirmation, Freedom, and Rationality: Theoretically Elaborating "Active" Conversions},
  author={L. Dawson},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
  year={1990},
  volume={29},
  pages={141}
}
  • L. Dawson
  • Published 1990
  • Sociology
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
In recent years a number of sociologists have suggested that some conversions to new religious movements should be understood as active accomplishments and not as passive occurrences. The experience of some converts, it has been proposed, might be profitably treated as acts of creative role-play. This paper develops the notion of distinguishing between active and passive conversions by elaborating a role-theoretical approach to the study of conversions which is grounded in the theoretical… Expand
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