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Lövheim, M. & Lied, I. L. (2018). Approaching Contested Religion (1ed.). In: Knut Lundby (Ed.), Contesting Religion.: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia (pp. 65-80). De Gruyter Open
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2018 (English)In: Contesting Religion.: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia / [ed] Knut Lundby, De Gruyter Open, 2018, 1, p. 65-80Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Religion has become a matter of intensified public concern in contem- porary Scandinavia, and the various media are the main arena in which Scandi- navians encounter such controversies. Historically-rooted understandings of re- ligion that are based on the Lutheran Church as both a public utility and cultural resource, and the secular state as the regulator of religious freedom and equality, have become re-articulated in newly emerging frames such as the politicization, culturalization and securitization of religion. This chapter presents the current volume’s overall approach to religion in contemporary Scandinavia as a mediatized and contested social phenomenon. The chapter ad- vocates a perspective from which ongoing contestations and negotiations among a larger spectrum of actors are explored through an application of both substan- tive and moderate social constructionist approaches to religion. The various ap- plications and interplays of these approaches to religion may fruitfully contrib- ute to the further development of the theory of the mediatization of religion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
De Gruyter Open, 2018 Edition: 1
Keywords
mediatized religion, contested religion, social constructionist ap- proach, substantive definition, public sphere
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356553 (URN)978-3-11-050206-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments, CoMReL
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-07-31 Created: 2018-07-31 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M., Jernsletten, H., Herbert, D., Lundby, K. & Hjarvard, S. (2018). Attitudes: Tendencies and Variations (1ed.). In: Knut Lundby (Ed.), Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia (pp. 33-50). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Open
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2018 (English)In: Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia / [ed] Knut Lundby, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Open, 2018, 1, p. 33-50Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents an overview of religiosity and attitudes to religious diversity in media and other public spaces based on a cross-Scandinavian survey conducted in 2015. Although Scandinavians in general have a weak personal connection to religion, Christianity still holds a privileged position as an expression of cultural identity. Scandinavians express support for equal rights to practice religion, but also doubtfulness towards public expressions of religion. More than one-fourth of respondents discuss news about religion and religious extremism regularly. There is a widespread sentiment that Islam is a threat to the national culture, even though most respondents state that they oppose an open expression of hostile attitudes towards foreigners. Political orientation and gender are salient aspects that shape diverging opinions regarding tolerance or scepticism towards the public visibility of religious diversity. Furthermore, Danes and Norwegians are more critical of public expressions of Islam than Swedes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Open, 2018 Edition: 1
Keywords
survey, religiosity, political orientation, gender, Islam, religious extremism
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356555 (URN)10.1515/9783110502060-007 (DOI)9783110502060 (ISBN)
Projects
Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments, CoMReL
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-07-31 Created: 2018-07-31 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M. & Jensdotter, L. (2018). Contradicting Ideals: Islam on Swedish Public Service Radio (1ed.). In: Knut Lundby (Ed.), Contesting Religion.: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia (pp. 135-152). De Gruyter Open
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contradicting Ideals: Islam on Swedish Public Service Radio
2018 (English)In: Contesting Religion.: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia / [ed] Knut Lundby, De Gruyter Open, 2018, 1, p. 135-152Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cultural and religious diversity are contested topics in Swedish public debate. This chapter analyses how the radio programme Människor och tro (People and belief) enables and structures the actors and issues that become heard in this debate, particularly with regard to Islam and Muslims. The programme aims to present an alternative to the dominant negative media discourses by equally representing Christianity and Islam in reports, inviting Swedish Muslims to present experiences and opinions on various news events, and enabling debate between religious organizations, experts, and listeners through phone-in sessions and social media. Despite these efforts, the programme tends to reconstruct, as well as challenge, the dominant frames of Islam as a problem for Swedish society and for the relations of power between the majority and minority voices in public debates. The chapter explores how contradictions between the traditional ideals and formats of public service radio and its ambitions to produce a more nuanced and diverse image of religion contribute to this outcome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
De Gruyter Open, 2018 Edition: 1
Keywords
public service radio, Sweden, Islam, phone-in session, women
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356554 (URN)10.1515/9783110502060-013 (DOI)9783110502060 (ISBN)
Projects
Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments, CoMReL
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-07-31 Created: 2018-07-31 Last updated: 2018-08-01Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M. (2018). Media and religion: – bridging ‘incompatible agendas’. In: Luke Doggett; Alp Arat (Ed.), Foundations and futures in the sociology of religion: . London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media and religion: – bridging ‘incompatible agendas’
2018 (English)In: Foundations and futures in the sociology of religion / [ed] Luke Doggett; Alp Arat, London: Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
Series
Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series in Association with the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group
Keywords
Media, Mediatization, Mediation
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353540 (URN)9781138092327 (ISBN)
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved
Lundby, K., Reintoft Christensen, H., Lövheim, M., Niemelä, K., Sjö, S., Moberg, M. & Danielsson, A. S. (2018). Religion and the Media: Continuity, Complexity, and Mediatization. In: Inger Furseth (Ed.), Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries (pp. 137-191). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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2018 (English)In: Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere: Comparing Nordic Countries / [ed] Inger Furseth, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 137-191Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter begins with a presentation of the particular features of the Nordic media systems and their transformations since 1980. The following analyzes three forms of mediatized religion: journalism on religion (in major newspapers), religion in popular media (popular magazines and films), and religious media (religious programs in the public service broadcasting and the Internet presentations by the Nordic majority churches). The conclusions show no simple pattern of a decline or resurgence of the visibility of religion in the media. This chapter also asks what the media do to religion (mediatization theory), and concludes that the media genre has a profound impact on the representation of religion, which results in a complex pattern of increased diversity of topics and perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Keywords
Religion; media; comparative; Nordic countries; mediatization
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338065 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-55678-9 (DOI)978-3-319-55677-2 (ISBN)978-3-319-55678-9 (ISBN)
Projects
The role of religion in the public sphere: A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (NOREL)
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M. & Campbell, H. A. (2017). Considering critical methods and theoretical lenses in digital religion studies. New Media and Society, 19(1), 5-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Considering critical methods and theoretical lenses in digital religion studies
2017 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 5-14Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article introduces a special issue on critical methods and theoretical lenses in Digital Religion studies, through contextualising them within research trajectories found in this emerging field. By starting from the assertion that current fourth-wave of research on religion and the Internet, is focused on how religious actors negotiate the relationships between multiple spheres of their online and offline lives, article authors spotlight key theoretical discussions and methodological approaches occurring within this interdisciplinary area of inquiry. It concludes with notable methodological and theoretical challenges in need of further exploration. Together it demonstrates how religion is practiced and reimagined within digital media spaces, and how such analysis can contribute to broader understanding of the social and cultural changes new media technologies are facilitating within society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 2017
Keywords
digital religion, internet, media technologies, methodology, religion, theory
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-320104 (URN)10.1177/1461444816649911 (DOI)000394086100002 ()
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved
Aune, K., Lövheim, M., Giorgi, A., Toldy, T. & Utriainen, T. (2017). Is secularism bad for women?: La laïcité nuit-elle aux femmes?. Social Compass, 1(32), 1-32
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2017 (English)In: Social Compass, ISSN 0037-7686, E-ISSN 1461-7404, Vol. 1, no 32, p. 1-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
gender, secularism, religion, women
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338051 (URN)10.1177/0037768617727464 (DOI)000414664600001 ()
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-03-21Bibliographically approved
Lundby, K., Hjarvard, S., Lövheim, M. & Jernsletten, H. (2017). Religion Between Politics and Media: Conflicting Attitudes to Islam in Scandinavia. Journal of Religion in Europe, 10(4), 437-456
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion Between Politics and Media: Conflicting Attitudes to Islam in Scandinavia
2017 (English)In: Journal of Religion in Europe, ISSN 1874-8910, E-ISSN 1874-8929, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 437-456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a comparative project on media and religion across Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, this article analyzes relationships between religiosity and political attitudes in Scandinavia and how these connect with attitudes regarding the representation of Islam in various media. Data comes from population-wide surveys conducted in the three countries in April 2015. Most Scandinavians relate ‘religion’ with conflict, and half of the population perceives Islam as a threat to their national culture. Scandinavians thus perceive religion in terms of political tensions and predominantly feel that news media should serve a critical function towards Islam and religious conflicts. Finally, the results of the empirical analysis are discussed in view of the intertwined processes of politicization of Islam and mediatization of religion.

Keywords
religion; Islam; mediatization; Scandinavia; media; conflict
National Category
Social Sciences Media and Communications
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338058 (URN)10.1163/18748929-01004005 (DOI)000417256800005 ()
Projects
Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments (CoMRel)
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-03-07Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M. (2017). Religion, Mediatization and ‘Complementary learning processes’ in Swedish Editorials. Journal of Religion in Europe, 10(4), 366-383
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion, Mediatization and ‘Complementary learning processes’ in Swedish Editorials
2017 (English)In: Journal of Religion in Europe, ISSN 1874-8910, E-ISSN 1874-8929, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 366-383Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes positions and arguments in editorials from Swedish newspapers during the period of 1976–2010 regarding the place of religion in modern, democratic society. Starting from Habermas’ call for changes in European political discourse in a post-secular situation, the article analyzes whether signs of ‘complementary learning processes’ can be found in the editorials, where alternatives to a secularist understanding of religion are expressed. Findings suggest that mediatization through increased politicization of the daily press contributes to a re-articulation of the former secularist discourse in Swedish editorials. A salient theme in this alternative discourse is the tension between religious freedom and other citizen rights.

Keywords
Sweden; mediatization; complementary learning processes; editorials; religion
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338061 (URN)10.1163/18748929-01004004 (DOI)000417256800002 ()
Projects
Religionens återkomst?! En studie av religion och modernitet i Sverige med dagspress som typfall
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-03-07Bibliographically approved
Lövheim, M. (2017). Religion på ledarsidan. In: Jenny Björkman, Arne Jarrick (Ed.), Religionen tur och retur: RJ's årsbok 2017/2018 (pp. 147-158). Göteborg, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion på ledarsidan
2017 (Swedish)In: Religionen tur och retur: RJ's årsbok 2017/2018 / [ed] Jenny Björkman, Arne Jarrick, Göteborg, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2017, p. 147-158Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg, Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2017
Keywords
dagspress, ledarsida, religion, islam, demokrati
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328704 (URN)978-91-7061-245-9 (ISBN)
Projects
Religionens återkomst?! En studie av religion och modernitet i svenska ledartexter 1976-2010.
Funder
The Impact of Religion, Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, 1
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-08-29
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