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Why are educated migrants dissatisfied with their host countries?

Posted on27 Aug 2018
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Our recent study on the sense of place attitudes of African migrants in Dutch society, published in the Journal of Community Psychology, suggests that educated migrants are less attached to their host country. The study reveals the negative relationship between the level of education and attachment to place among migrants of African background, with weak attachment to Dutch society expressed by educated African residents compared to those with a high school education or less educational attainment....
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A Theology of Juxtaposition for Everyday Life

Posted on04 Jun 2018
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My first official publication on the theology of juxtaposition was finally published last week on HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, Volume 74, No 2, a4630. It was exciting to work on the paper with my long-time friend and brother in Christ, Dr Joe Miller of Southern California Seminary, USA. You can download the full paper online here. The paper basically responds to the spiritual struggles and issues associated with having a relationship experience with God by...
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Attachment-motivated Religious Conflicts and Psychopathology

Posted on08 Sep 2017
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What is the cause of religious-related conflicts and acts of terrorism? And how can we explain the conflicts from the perspective of the individual perpetrator? These questions are what I have attempted to address in my latest article on “Attachment Theory and Religious Violence” published in a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion on the Role of Religion in Violence and Peacebuilding. Here is an excerpt from the editorial which I believe...
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PPT: The Circle of Place Spirituality

Posted on28 Nov 2016
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Last week i had the opportunity of presenting part of my research in the Netherlands at the Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. The presentation was a look at place as the product of an emotional attachment to God. Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between the place attachment attitudes and attachment to God behaviours of members (n=175) of the African diaspora...
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New Paper: The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation

Posted on19 Oct 2016
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Pleased to announce my new article, “The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith?” in Journal of Youth & Theology via Brill. The idea of the paper came from my Youth Identity Crisis research in Stellenbosch South Africa few years ago. The paper investigates what inspires an attachment behaviour towards God, showing how young people develop their faith experience along four relational pathways. Below is the abstract and you can access the paper here:    ...
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PPT: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths

Posted on27 Sep 2016
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In case i bumped into you at your church some three years ago in Stellenbosch, making some funny jokes to cheer you up to fill out a survey for me, here are some slides that give a visual clue of what’s happening when you experience God as a relational partner. I had the opportunity of discussing the results from the research today at the Spirituality, Culture, and Wellbeing Conference at Exclesia College, Sydney. While I...
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Paper Alert: ‘Making Sense of Place Attachment’

Posted on19 Sep 2016
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Pleased to announce the publication of my new paper, “Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a holistic understanding of people-place relationships and experiences” to the spring issue of ‘Environment, Space, Place,’ 8 (1) pp.7-32 via Zeta Books. The paper draws from the attachment framework to explore the different places to which people are drawn. This was accomplished by integrating the works of Jorgensen & Stedman (2001), Scannell & Gifford (2010), and Seamon (2012, 2014) on place attachment. Read the abstract below and...
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