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Les Témoins de Jéhovah dans le Nord de la France : implantation et expansion

Abstract : The Watchtower movement saw considerable expansion in Northern of France, especially in the mining basin where it recruited Polish emigrant workers, but also French workers in lesser proportions. The author attempts to retrace the history of the spread of the movement in this region and examine the causes of its unique development in France. These causes could be linked to the social conditions of this population : social and cultural change, unsatisfied expectations, absence of political power, a cris of confidence in the Catholic Church. They could also be subsumed under a more global hypothesis according to wich the Watch Tower movement would have constituted a substitute homeland for the emigrant Polish workers. As for the Franch Jehovah's Witnesses, it was seen that they partially shared the Polish workers'fate, and individual particularities had to be taken into account.
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Régis Dericquebourg. Les Témoins de Jéhovah dans le Nord de la France : implantation et expansion. Social Compass, SAGE Publications, 1977, XXIV (1), pp.71-82. ⟨halshs-00010057⟩



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