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Social Conflicts, Religion and Human Rights Support: A study of young Christians and Muslims in Scandinavia
KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research, Oslo.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (Impact of Religion)
2018 (English)In: Political and judicial rights through the prism of religious belief / [ed] Sterkens, Carl & Ziebertz, Hans-Georg, Berlin: Springer, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous research among young people (Spini & Doise 1998, Doise & al 1999) has shown that attitudes toward human rights are influenced by perception of conflicts in society and experience of discrimination and that political affiliation as well as religion also may have effect. However interesting these results are for understanding what factors that may contribute to grassroots’ engagement in human rights, these studies have failed to consider important background variables such as gender and parents’ education level, but also to include a more nuanced operationalization of religion. Drawing on data gathered in Norwegian and Swedish metropolitan upper secondary schools (n=2044) this article therefore aims to replicate earlier research correcting for these research gaps. The analysis showed that while religion had a limited effect on attitudes toward political and judicial rights, controlled for background variables, the effect of experienced discrimination and perception of conflicts related to ethnicity seemed to add significantly to the models. It was also shown that Christians did not report more discrimination related to ideology and ethnicity than non-religious, but that Muslims on the other hand did report more discrimination both related to ideology and ethnicity than others. This study has shown that there is a relation between such perceived discrimination and attitudes toward political and human rights.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer, 2018.
Series
Religion and Human Rights, ISSN 2510-4306 ; 3
Keywords [en]
attitudes, human rights, social conflicts, experienced discrimination, political rights, judicial rights, youth, religion
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Religious Studies Sociology
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336531DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77353-7_10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336531DiVA, id: diva2:1166316
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Impact of Religion
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Swedish Research Council, 2007-8656Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2018-04-30

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