Social compass: international review of sociology of religion vol:55 issue:3 pages:351-358
The author reports on the observation of the communities of Italo-Brussels Jehovah's Witnesses over a 30-year period (research in 1976, 1996 and 2005). In the 1970s, "conversion" as the means of entry into a new religious community was dominant as a theme in the Kingdom Halls. Thirty years later, it is recruitment through kin and the "vécu" of kinship relations inside the religious enclaves which has become the main objective of these communities. The author analyses the processes in the composition of the socio-cultural basis and the structure of the intra-family relations in these communities between 1976 and 2005. He also tries to develop further the social network recruitment theories on this issue, not in order to object to the recruitment prractices, but in order to show the changes that have taken place, and the appearance of "internal" cultural bias in the system.