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  • 1.
    Erika, Willander
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Svenska kyrkan.
    Religion efter migration2016In: Svenska utlandsröster / [ed] Maria Solevid, Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Attityder till mångfald i samhället: Influens av kön, utbildning och religiositet. Mångfaldsbarometern 2005-20092009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Believing and Belonging: The Case of Church-Individualism in Sweden2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Bortom den nordiska paradoxen2018In: Levd religion: Det heliga i vardagen, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2018, p. 223-240Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Confirmation Candidates in the Church of Sweden2017In: Journal of empirical theology, ISSN 0922-2936, E-ISSN 1570-9256, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 104-121Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article is about confirmation preparation in the Church of Sweden from the viewpoint of the confirmation candidates. It focuses on whether or not the confirmation candidates' expectations, experiences and beliefs support the goals of confirmation that the Church of Sweden has formulated in its general guidelines for confirmation. The results showed points of agreement (e.g. expectations to come to one's own decision about God, having fun and experiencing community in the confirmation group) and points of departure (e.g. expectations of gifts at the end of the confirmation period). The results also showed that experiences met the confirmation candidates' expectations (e.g. experiences of learning while having fun). In addition, the confirmation candidates' beliefs were changed by confirmation preparation. The article ends with a discussion on how general guidelines may function as guiding principles for confirmation.

  • 6.
    Willander, Erika
    Svenska kyrkan, analysenheten.
    Confirmation in the Church of Sweden: Some challenging trends2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Svenska kyrkan, analysenheten.
    Country Specific Report: Sweden2015In: Youth, Religion and Confirmation Work in Europe: The second international study / [ed] Friedrich Schweitzer, Henrik Siminjoki, Kati Niemelä,, Tübingen: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2015, 1Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "I believe in something": Constructions of Beliefs in Sweden2013In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 117-138Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research results are dependent on how social phenomena are conceptualized. In the present article, consequences are discussed of the standardized conceptualization of religiosity as "church-oriented". In its place, a multifaceted approach to the phenomenon of religious belief is suggested. This approach was used for an analysis on how eleven Swedish women and men with different religious and spiritual as well as non-religious and atheist affiliation talk about beliefs. The results suggest that beliefs were meaningful because they related to specific perceptions of a Zeitgeist. It was hereafter underlined that belief in "something" or other brief descriptions of the sacred placed the sacred outside of the individual. Finally, while subjective authority is valued for choosing to believe, this subjectivity seems in part to be dependent on collective dimensions of recognition. The value of choosing beliefs can be conceptualized as a meaningful yet analytically distinct aspect of belief co-existing with descriptions of the sacred. Thus, it is concluded that a multifaceted approach to religious belief may develop our understanding of religion and religiosity in contemporary society.

  • 9.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    In-between Secular and Religious Expectations: Civil Religion at an Individual Level in Sweden2018In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 53-74Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article responds to recent calls for reconsidering the concept 'civil religion' to advance the understanding of how both religious and secular authorities shape individuals' attitudes towards the religious. 'Civil religion' is defined as set of religious symbols and practices that can be studied at an individual level. The analysis utilized representative survey data collected in 2016-2017 in Sweden. Four basic forms of 'civil religion' were identified and justified in relation to expectations held by both religious and secular authorities in Sweden over time. The analysis showed that the identified forms of 'civil religion' differ in terms of social class, gender and age. The results are taken to raise further research questions about relationships between high socioeconomic status and criticism of religion and about low socioeconomic status and adherence to religious minorities in Sweden. In addition, it is stipulated that a civil religion approach to religious attitudes might shed new light on questions concerning contemporary covenants and shared ideas about the religious.

  • 10.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Is Sweden leading the Spiritual revolution?2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Jag tror på något": Konstruktioner av tro och tilltro2013In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 2, p. 117-138Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mellan sekulära och religiösa förväntningar: Civilreligion på individnivå i Sverige2018In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 53-74Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article responds to recent calls for reconsidering the concept ‘civil religion’ to advance the understanding of how both religious and secular authorities shape individuals’ attitudes towards the religious. ‘Civil religion’ is defined as set of religious symbols and practices that can be studied at an individual level. The analysis utilized representative survey data collected in 2016–2017 in Sweden. Four basic forms of ‘civil religion’ were identified and justified in relation to expectations held by both religious and secular authorities in Sweden over time. The analysis showed that the identified forms of ‘civil religion’ differ in terms of social class, gender and age. The results are taken to raise further research questions about relationships between high socioeconomic status and criticism of religion and about low socioeconomic status and adherence to religious minorities in Sweden. In addition, it is stipulated that a civil religion approach to religious attitudes might shed new light on questions concerning contemporary covenants and shared ideas about the religious.

  • 13. Willander, Erika
    Religiositet och sekularisering2015In: Sociologiska perspektiv på religion i Sverige / [ed] Mia Lövheim och Magdalena Nordin, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, 1, p. 53-68Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sveriges religiösa landskap: samhörighet, tillhörighet och mångfald under 2000-talet2019Report (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The contemporary sacred: A data-driven account from the Swedish Blogosphere2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The provision of spiritual care in Swedish hospitals2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Religious Landscape of Sweden: Affinity, Affiliation and Diversity in the 21st Century2019Report (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Touched and Relaxed: Spirituality among providers of health promotion activities2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Willander, Erika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    What Counts as Religion in Sociology?: The Problem of Religiosity in Sociological Methodology2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis aims to contribute to the ongoing critical discussion within the sociology of religion by focusing on the seldom considered perspective of methodology. As such, it consists of a theoretical part that problematizes the ways in which religion has been analyzed, and an empirical part that develops how religiosity can be approached in sociological studies. The thesis seeks, in other words, to contribute to how sociologists analyze religion, and addresses a research problem that has gained new relevance in the aftermath of criticism of the secularization paradigm. In the theoretical part, the assumptions underlying the ways in which religion is studied are revisited, as is the impact that these have had as faras the empirical study of religion is concerned in one of the countries often assumed to be secularized – i.e. Sweden. The empirical part of the thesis is comprised of three studies based on the latest European Value Survey, qualitative interviews and the Blogosphere on religion-related content (n=220000 blog posts). The results from these studies are used to reconsider the religiousmainstream, the “package”-like assumptions often made about affiliation, belief and practice, as well as the fact that the study of religiosity tends to be relegated to the periphery of the imagination of sociologists of religion. The thesis proposes that if we want to study religion in a lay people sensitive way we cannot continue to overlook their understandings of the sacred, the ways in which they regard their own religiosity, and the fact that their affiliation,belief and practice do not necessarily fit the expectations of established ways of analyzing religion.

     

  • 20.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Bradby, Hannah
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Jonsson, Pernilla
    Analysenheten, Svenska kyrkan, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Conditions for Religious Pluralism in Swedish Hospital Chaplaincy: A Research Note2019In: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, ISSN 0885-4726, E-ISSN 1528-6916, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 99-109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research interest in hospital chaplaincy has increased, in part because it is believed to contribute to the development of just models of religious pluralism. This research note brings attention to hospital chaplaincy in Sweden, a country where religious diversity has substantially increased due to migration but where research in hospital chaplaincy is scarce. In order to advocate for future research, this research note describes the organization of hospital chaplaincy in Sweden, presents new analyses of official data showing its extent and religious composition, and proposes that the organization of hospital chaplaincy in this country needs to be re-considered now that religious diversity is a given. Showing that hospital chaplaincy in this country is still under the overbearing influence of Christianity, this research note argues that there is a need for research that sheds light on the asymmetrical power relations that exist and that paves the way for innovations in religious pluralist models for health care chaplaincy.

  • 21.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Svenska kyrkan, analysenheten.
    Brandberg, Peter
    Svenska kyrkan, analysenheten.
    Ett första spadtag för statistik över diakoni2015In: Nyckeln till Svenska kyrkanArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sikström, Sverker
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    Categorising Cultural Meaning of the Word “Sacred” using Latent Semantic Analysis2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sikström, Sverker
    Lund University.
    Evidence of the Post-Secular? An example from the Blogosphere2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sikström, Sverker
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    Public discussion on religion and spirituality: Defining themes, differences and similarities2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sikström, Sverker
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    What Bloggers Write about Religion2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sikström, Sverker
    Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    What is Sacred in a Space of Numbers?2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Willander, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Thurfjell, David
    Södertörns högskola.
    Maintaining Swedish Secularity?: Introducing a Comparative Perspective on Cultural Christians and Cultural Muslims2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The number of people with a Muslim cultural background is growing in Sweden. Yet this segment of population is largely invisible in quantitative sociological research on religion and secularity. Partly, this is because survey questions probing religion are biased towards a Christian church-oriented definition of religiosity. In the sociological literature as well as in the Nordic public debate, nonetheless, there is a tendency to exaggerate the religiosity of people with a Muslim family background while down-playing the religiosity of the culturally Christian majority population. Taken together, this background justifies a new research project called “The Muslim Mainstream: Co-producing Secularity in Sweden”. This project will run from 2018 to 2021. The research project aims to answer the research questions: 1. How and to what extent are culturally Muslim people in Sweden secular? 2. In what ways is their secularity different or similar to that of their culturally Christian compatriots? 3. What are the differences and similarities between the major culturally Muslim communities in Sweden when it comes to secularity? The present presentation focus on the preliminary steps of research including empirically defining concepts for analysis and discussing preliminary results on the extent and demographically characterization of culturally Muslim people and their Christian counterparts in contemporary Sweden. 

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