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Intersections between Biopolitics and Religion: Cases of Politicisation of Religion in Finland and Norway
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Åbo Akademi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5385-5550
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 40-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article comparatively studies intersections between biopolitics and religion in Finnish and Norwegian parliamentary debates on assisted reproductive technologies and biotechnology. In both countries, references to religion have been prevalent in policy processes and parliamentary debates on these issues, with Christian Democrats actively promoting bioethics. The article analyses references to religion and the role of national churches and Christian Democratic parties. It also discusses under what conditions religious positions influence political decisions and how these cases bring nuance to theories of politicisation of religion. Legal sources and parliamentary proceedings of plenary sessions are analysed through critical discourse analysis. The article suggests that reproductive politics has contributed to politicisation of religion in the Finnish and Norwegian parliaments, identifying blurred boundaries between public and private spheres and a discursive framework of values debates.

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2019. Vol. 32, no 1, p. 40-54
Keywords [en]
assisted reproductive technologies, biopolitics, Finland, Norway, politicisation of religion
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385515DOI: 10.18261/issn.1890-7008-2019-01-03ISI: 000468533600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385515DiVA, id: diva2:1324789
Projects
Nordic Surrogates: The Political and Media Construction of Surrogacy in the Nordic Countries" (NORSUR), funded by the Academy of Finland, project number 276025
Part of project
The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, Swedish Research Council
Funder
Academy of Finland, 276025Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-09-03Bibliographically approved

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