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Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society. (The Impact of Religion)
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Church and state formally separated in Sweden 1st January 2000. However, their relationships are complex and ambiguous, illustrated by the presence of the Church of Sweden and its involvement in activities within several public institutions, and public authorities’ official use of religion in certain contexts. State institutions are officially religiously neutral, although in praxis many have special links and organized cooperation with the former state church. The aim of this paper is to scrutinize Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion in a selection of contexts at national level; at the yearly opening of parliament, at official celebrations or commemorations, existence of religious rhetoric in official speeches by the prime minister and the king, presence of public authorities’ representatives in religious rituals and ceremonies. The study focuses these contexts in three selected years 1988, 1998, 2008, in order to analyse possible change over time.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Religion, state, public authorities
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241262OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241262DiVA: diva2:778068
Conference
The 21st Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion, August 15-17, 2012, Umeå, Sweden.
Projects
NOREL -The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countries
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-01-09

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