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Frederique Demeijer currently works as a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Theology at the VU Amsterdam. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Cape Town and graduated cum laude from the Master Culture, Organization and Management at the VU Amsterdam.


Six generations of members of the Apostolic Society in the changing social and religious context of the Netherlands in the twentieth century
Zes generaties leden van het Apostolisch Genootschap in de veranderende sociale en religieuze context van Nederland in de twintigste eeuw

Supervisors: Prof. dr. H.C. Stoffels & Prof. dr. H.F.J. Horstmanshoff (Emeritus)



This PhD research deals with religious experiences, the role of religion and belonging, and the implications of change processes within religious communities and the (possible) consequences for its members. The focus is on het Apostolisch Genootschap (the Apostolic Society) – a contemporary Dutch religious community consisting of approximately 15,000 members. Using generational theory of the Dutch sociologist Becker, six social generations of members of the Apostolic Society are interviewed to investigate to what extent the apostolic religion has been decisive for their identity and how they experience religion nowadays.

The purpose of this qualitative study is firstly to acquire more knowledge on how members of the Apostolic Society experienced different historical developments within the Society, and secondly, to gain a better understanding of change processes within a religious community.

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  • BL Religion
  • The Apostolic Society
  • Oral history
  • Religious experience
  • Live narrative interviews
  • Generational theory

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Religion Arts & Humanities
Apostolic Arts & Humanities
Deity Arts & Humanities
Image of God Arts & Humanities
Apostles Arts & Humanities
Humanism Arts & Humanities
Religious Communities Arts & Humanities
Religious Experience Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2018 2020

Van 'God als apostel' naar religieus-humanisme: Het godsbeeld van zes sociale generaties lidmaten van het Apostolisch Genootschap

Demeijer, F., Jan 2020, In : Religie en samenleving. 15, 1, p. 5-26

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Image of God

Social generation as a lens: A qualitative take on generational theory

Demeijer, F. A. & Stoffels, H. C., 8 Nov 2019, In : Fieldwork in Religion. 14, 1, p. 53-69 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Religious Experience
Research Methods

De kracht van oral history: Interviews met vier leden van het Apostolisch Genootschap

Demeijer, F. A., Dec 2018, In : Skript: historisch tijdschrift. 40, 4, p. 270-284 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

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Generatietheorie is zo gek nog niet

Frederique Demeijer


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Apostolisch in gelovig Amerika

Frederique Demeijer


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