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"Dit is baie mooi in die kerk" : experiences of work and religion among farm workers on selected farms in the Western Cape

By Beate Alida Anna Ehlert

Abstract

Bibliography: leaves 114-119.This study defends the thesis that the strong religious attitude of farm workers is a result of the socio-economic conditions and cultural traditions this specific workers' group faces. Furthermore, experiences of religion and the church as institution are regarded as a reflection of the level of awareness and consciousness. The thesis examines methodically the socio-economic and religious context of farm workers from different farms in the Wellington and Robertson district of the Western Cape. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected by conducting interviews. The questionnaire comprised of closed and open-ended questions. The broader field of religion and society and theories on work have been considered. The analytical aim of the research project is to show how experiences of work influence farm workers' way of perceiving socio-economic conditions and expressing religious feeling. In addition, this thesis provides an insight into farm workers' view of churches

Topics: Religious Studies
Publisher: Department of Religious Studies
Year: 1997
OAI identifier: oai:open.uct.ac.za:11427/13908

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