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Nilsson, P.-E. (2020). "Shame on the Church of Sweden": Radical nationalism and the appropriation of Christianity in contemporary Sweden. Critical research on religion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Shame on the Church of Sweden": Radical nationalism and the appropriation of Christianity in contemporary Sweden
2020 (English)In: Critical research on religion, ISSN 2050-3032Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, the populist radical nationalist party, the Sweden Democrats (SD), has gone from being a minor party to become Sweden’s third largest party in parliament. In this article, the author shows how the category of Christianity has come to play a pivotal role in the party’s political identification. Drawing on Ernesto Laclau’s analysis of populism, the author argues that Christianity should be understood as a projection surface for fantasies of an ethnically and culturally superior homogenous nation vis-a`-vis constructed national others. In a populist logic, Christianity has thus become a way to distinguish the SD from its articulated external (e.g., Muslims, immigrants) and internal (liberalism, feminism) political foes. By appropriating Christianity, the SD articulates itself as the guardian of true Christianity, the future savior of a Church allegedly hijacked by external and internal foes, and in the long run, the Swedish nation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Open, 2020
Keywords
Populism, nationalism, religion, politik
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402424 (URN)10.1177/2050303219900252 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-15Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P.-E. (2018). Open Source Jihad: problematizing the Academic Discourse on Islamic Terrorism in Contemporary Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Open Source Jihad: problematizing the Academic Discourse on Islamic Terrorism in Contemporary Europe
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Open Source Jihad, Per-Erik Nilsson provides a unique overview of the academic research and political legislation concerning 'Islamic terrorism' in Europe. He scrutinises in detail how the concepts 'terrorism', 'radicalisation', and 'counter-terrorism' have developed as academic objects of study and political objects of governance. In the Element, Nilsson brings to the fore systemic problems of the field of terrorism studies as well as the various anti-terrorist apparatuses developed by EU member states. Open Source Jihad should be required reading for anyone interested in current European political and social events.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018
Series
Elements in religion and violence, 2397-9496 2397-9496
National Category
Religious Studies History of Ideas Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352105 (URN)9781108448741 (ISBN)9781108552233 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-06-01 Created: 2018-06-01 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P.-E. & Enkvist, V. (2016). Techniques of religion-making in Sweden: The case of the Missionary Church of Kopimism. Critical Research on Religion, 4(2), 141-155
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Techniques of religion-making in Sweden: The case of the Missionary Church of Kopimism
2016 (English)In: Critical Research on Religion, ISSN 2050-3032, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 141-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is an analysis of the recognition of the Missionary Church of Kopimism as a faith community by the Swedish state. The analysis draws on post-Foucaultian writings on governmentality and seeks to understand what kind of normative and proscriptive understandings of “religion” guide the process. The authors argue that the recognition reveals fundamental aspects of the Swedish state’s performative role in the recognition of faith communities which challenges any unreflective classification of it as “secular.”

National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288449 (URN)10.1177/2050303215613145 (DOI)000410824500002 ()
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2020-01-07Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P.-E. & Enqvist, V. (2016). The Hidden Return of Religion: Problematizing Religion in Law and Law in Religion in Swedish Regulations on Faith Communities. In: Anna-Sara Lind, Mia Lövheim and Ulf Zackariasson (Ed.), Religion, Law and Democracy: New challenges for society and research. Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Hidden Return of Religion: Problematizing Religion in Law and Law in Religion in Swedish Regulations on Faith Communities
2016 (English)In: Religion, Law and Democracy: New challenges for society and research / [ed] Anna-Sara Lind, Mia Lövheim and Ulf Zackariasson, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2016
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288453 (URN)
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2017-02-06
Nilsson, P.-E. (2015). ‘Secular Retaliation’: A Case Study of Integralist Populism, Anti-Muslim Discourse, and (Il)liberal Discourse on Secularism in Contemporary France. Politics, Religion & Ideology, 16(1), 87-106
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Secular Retaliation’: A Case Study of Integralist Populism, Anti-Muslim Discourse, and (Il)liberal Discourse on Secularism in Contemporary France
2015 (English)In: Politics, Religion & Ideology, ISSN 2156-7689, E-ISSN 2156-7697, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 87-106Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Keywords
France, secularism, ideology, religion, discourse, islam, nationalism
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242496 (URN)10.1080/21567689.2015.1012160 (DOI)000368816700005 ()
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilRiksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P.-E. (2015). Who is Madame M?: Staking out the Borders of Secular France. In: Trevor Stack, Timothy Fitzgerald, and Naomi Goldenberg (Ed.), Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty: . Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Who is Madame M?: Staking out the Borders of Secular France
2015 (English)In: Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty / [ed] Trevor Stack, Timothy Fitzgerald, and Naomi Goldenberg, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242759 (URN)
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
Riksbankens JubileumsfondSwedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-31 Created: 2015-01-31 Last updated: 2018-06-04
Nilsson, P.-E. (2015). Är vi Charlie, är vi också bröderna Kouachi. Feministiskt perspektiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Är vi Charlie, är vi också bröderna Kouachi
2015 (Swedish)In: Feministiskt perspektivArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242758 (URN)
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-31 Created: 2015-01-31 Last updated: 2018-06-04
Nilsson, P.-E. (2013). Sitt ner!: En essä om Geziprotesterna, motstånd och AKP. Dragomanen (15), 103-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sitt ner!: En essä om Geziprotesterna, motstånd och AKP
2013 (Swedish)In: Dragomanen, ISSN 1402-358X, no 15, p. 103-109Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Istanbul: Svenska forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul, 2013
Keywords
Turkiet, AKP, sekularism, motstånd
National Category
Other Humanities Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212997 (URN)
Projects
Impact of Religion
Funder
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2018-06-04
Nilsson, P.-E. (2012). “Everybody Welcome to France”: Secularism, Governmentality & Fantasy in the French Republic 2003-2011. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Stencilavhandling
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Everybody Welcome to France”: Secularism, Governmentality & Fantasy in the French Republic 2003-2011
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What does it mean to be “secular”? How are “secular” identities constructed and negotiated? How can one understand that “secularism” has become an important marker of identity for nationalistic forces in Europe?

In the dissertation “Everybody, Welcome to France” the author sets out to inquire into the topic of secularism and national identity in contemporary France. The specific research question is how France has been articulated as a “secular” republic in political speech and legislative text in 2003-2011 and how this articulation relates to conceptions of “nation”, “integration”, and “citizenship”. 

The author analyzes the articulation of France as a secular republic in two case studies. The first one is the Islamic Veil Affair in 2003-4 when the French Republic legislated against the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols in public schools, and the second is when the wearing of burkas and niqabs were prohibited in public space in 2010 (law implemented in 2011). 

The author argues that these affairs became sceneries for a nationalistic reification by the political elite through the construction of an imagined intrusive other whose presence was thought to be in need of neutralization or deportation. The author subsequently suggests that the political elite’s conceptions of secularism during the analyzed period can be understood in light of an illiberal turn in European politics where categories like “secularism”, “tolerance”, and “freedom” have become emblems in a self-righteous construction of a unified and enlightened national “we” as opposed to an uncivilized and unworthy “them”.

The analysis is carried out with discourse analytical methodology and rests on critical religion/secularism theory.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Stencilavhandling, 2012. p. 286
Keywords
France, republic, nation, integration, assimilation, nationalism, secularism, secularist, secularization, laïcité, Islam, other, veil, identity, tolerance, freedom of conscience, gender equality, citizenship, critical religion, discourse, discourse analysis, illiberalism, republicanism
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
History of Religions; Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182293 (URN)
Public defence
2012-11-09, Sal IX, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 14:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
The Impact of Religion
Note

English title: PhD.

Available from: 2012-10-10 Created: 2012-10-09 Last updated: 2013-01-30Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P.-E. (2011). Barbarernas leende: manlig hjältekultur och våldsideologi i amerikansk populärkultur efter 11/9. Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barbarernas leende: manlig hjältekultur och våldsideologi i amerikansk populärkultur efter 11/9
2011 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag, 2011. p. 292
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109695 (URN)978-91-7331-398-8 (ISBN)
Projects
Impact of Religion
Note

Publicering vinter 2010

Available from: 2009-10-22 Created: 2009-10-22 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
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