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"Shame on the Church of Sweden": Radical nationalism and the appropriation of Christianity in contemporary Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1555-8133
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.

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SAGE Open, 2020.
Keywords [en]
Populism, nationalism, religion, politik
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Religious Studies
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Sociology of Religion; Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402424DOI: 10.1177/2050303219900252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-402424DiVA, id: diva2:1385675
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-01-15Bibliographically approved

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