A comparative study of the relation between religion and human rights among young people
2014 (English)In: Secular and Sacred?: The Nordic Case of Religion in Human Rights, Law and Public Space / [ed] Trygve Wyller, Rosemarie van den Breemer and José Casanova., Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014, 236-260 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter examines the impact of religion on the attitudes towards human rights among young people. More specifically, the attitudes towards the first generation of human rights are analysed, using data from a survey conducted among young people in Norway and Sweden. This data set is further compared with data from four other countries in north-western Europe, namely Belgium, (West-) Germany, England and Wales, and the Netherlands. Special attention is given to a comparison between young people defining themselves as Christian, Muslim and nonreligious. Data from representative population samples (ISSP 2004) in these countries are also utilised. The results suggest that, despite some detectable differences after control for background variables and civil values, the impact of religion is rather limited. This proves to be true for all the countries involved in this study. This chapter interprets and discusses these findings and argues that since the first generation of human rights plays such a central role in Scandinavian public life, they function as some kind of cohesive values that also interpenetrate the value system among the young people defining themselves as Christian or Muslim. In this chapter we ask if human rights fulfil the criteria used to define civil religion. Are human rights the new civil religion in the Scandinavian countries?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. 236-260 p.
, Research in Contemporary Religion, 15
attitudes, civil religion, values, young people, religion, secular, sacred, comparative, human rights, ISSP
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208404ISBN: 978-3-525-60449-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208404DiVA: diva2:652240
ProjectsImpact of Religion
FunderSwedish Research Council
Boken tillgänglig december 20132013-09-302013-09-302013-12-20