Politicisation of Religion in Scandinavian Parliamentary Debates 1988–2009
2014 (English)In: Politics, Religion & Ideology, ISSN 2156-7689, E-ISSN 2156-7697, Vol. 15, no 4, 565-582 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to study possible changes in the politicisation of religion in Scandinavia over time in records from parliamentary debates in Denmark, Norway and Sweden 1988–1989, 1998–1999 and 2008–2009. The study has shown that religion has been more politicised in terms of the number of speeches and debates with references to religion and the degree of problematisation of religion in Denmark and Norway. That is particularly the case with right-wing populist parties in opposition to Islam that possibly use it as a way of profiling in political competition. In contrast, Sweden has not seen a similar development, which may be due to the fact that it did not have a right-wing populist party in its parliament until 2010. The empirical findings of this study are discussed in relation to theories on globalisation and the boundary disputes that may arise as a consequence of globalisation, not least when religion, and particularly Islam, has been perceived to challenge societal core values.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 15, no 4, 565-582 p.
Religion, politics, politicisation, Scandinavia, parliament, right-wing populist, globalization
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240744DOI: 10.1080/21567689.2014.965693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240744DiVA: diva2:777050
ProjectsNORELImpact of Religion
FunderNordic Council of Ministers