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Religious Complexity in Nordic Public Spheres
Univ Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Aarhus Univ, Aarhus, Denmark.
Univ Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 71-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies empirically the complexity of religion in the public sphere by systematically comparing the five Nordic countries. Sociologists debate if current trends in the West point to secularization or a return of religion (deprivatization, desecularization, or post-secularity). By drawing on the social science complexity reference, this article offers a critique of current scholarship and introduces the concept of religious complexity. The empirical study asks how religion is regulated, debated, and negotiated in the state, the polity, the media, and civil society in the Nordic countries since the 1980s. It is based on multiple sources of data. The analysis shows several religious trends at different levels: A growing secularization at the individual level, and the deprivatization of religion in politics, the media, and civil society. The conclusion outlines the religious complexity in the Nordic countries and discusses possible explanations that link the different and seemingly inconsistent trends.

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AKADEMIKA AS, AKADEMIKA FORLAG , 2019. Vol. 32, no 1, p. 71-90
Keywords [en]
Deprivatization, Nordic countries, post-secularity, religious complexity, secularization
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-386363DOI: 10.18261/issn.1890-7008-2019-01-05ISI: 000468533600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-386363DiVA, id: diva2:1329323
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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