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  • 1.
    Jensdotter, Linnea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Religion och politik i hybrida mediemiljöer: En analys av kommentarer till nyheter om Miljöpartiet, Kristdemokraterna och Sverigedemokraterna på Facebook2021Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation analyses the relationship between religion and politics, situated in hybrid media spaces in Sweden. This phenomenon is actualized by contestations over the visibility of religion in public spheres, in combination with changes in the Swedish political debate where conflicts related to the left/right scale increasingly come to focus more on value-based issues. Moreover, the effect of digitalization and new media forums, such as Facebook, have affected public conversation. The empirical material analyzed consists of approximately 20 000 Facebook comments, posted as reactions to articles published by five of the largest Swedish news media actors. The material concerns three specific media debates, regarding three Swedish political parties. They are chosen as examples of ways in the politicization of religion is expressed with regard to current changes regarding religion and politics in Sweden: The Green Party and the so-called handshaking controversy in spring 2016 including two Muslim politicians, the continuous media reports about The Christian Democrats and issues related to lgbtqi and abortion during 2015-2016, and The Sweden Democrats and the internal Church election for The Church of Sweden in 2017. The analysis is conducted through critical discourse analysis, combining methods for distant and close reading, such as co-occurrence analysis, topic modelling, the rhetorical triangle and modality. The result is analyzed through a theoretical framework, which includes the theory of politicization of religion, focusing on religion as object and subject in political debate, and as a resource or source of conflict in border disputes. In addition, the concept of civilizationism is used to analyze how religion is actively used in the construction of national identity. The theory of mediatization of religion is operationalized through the dynamics of mediatized conflicts, together with a focus on emotions as a form of subactivism. The result contributes to previous research on religion and politics in the Nordic countries by demonstrating how politicization of religion is taking place in various but interrelated ways in three hybrid media discussions. A significant aspect uncovered by the analysis is how the hybrid media milieu contributes to structuring the form as well as the content of the analyzed discussions. 

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    Jensdotter, Linnea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    ”Ska vi ha samvetsfrihet i Sverige?” Samvetsfrihet som en medialiserad konflikt2021In: Samvete i Sverige: Om frihet och lydnad från medeltiden till idag / [ed] Linde Lindkvist & Johannes Ljungberg, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2021, p. 203-224Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Jensdotter, Linnea
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Lövheim, Mia
    Criticizing Religion in Mediatized Debates2020In: A Constructive Critique of Religion: Encounters between Christianity, Islam, and Non-religion in Secular Societies / [ed] Mia Lövheim; Mikael Stenmark, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, 1, p. 164-176Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In contemporary society debates over the public presence of religion often takes place in various forms of media. The increased mediatization of highly modernized societies means that control over the presence of religion in the public sphere is shifting from religious actors to the media. Mediatization also implies that the affordances of various media forms will enable or constrain interactions between social actors with diverse world-views. The case for the analysis will be a debate about the boundaries for public expressions of religious beliefs and arguments in Swedish society: the so called hand-shaking affair taking place in April 2016, where Swedish Green party politician Yasri Khan was interviewed in TV4 by a female reporter and refrained from shaking her hand with reference to his values and Muslim upbringing. The debate that followed highlight tensions between freedom of religion and gender equality in Swedish society and took place in several forms of media. The chapter focus on the critique of Khan’s action expressed in editorials and in Facebook, and discuss to what extent the affordances of these media forum enable the forms of democratic deliberation proposed by Sheila BenHabib and Chantal Mouffe.

  • 4.
    Lövheim, Mia
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society (CRS Uppsala).
    Jensdotter, Linnea
    Center for Religion and Theology, Lund University, Sweden.
    Banal Religion and National Identity in Hybrid Media: “Heating” the Debate on Values and Veiling in Sweden2023In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 95-108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Religion has become a hot topic in Sweden, often perceived as the most secularized corner of the world. This article analyzes how Islam and Lutheran Christianity come to be used in the construction of national identity, through discourse analysis of an opinion piece by the Christian Democrats in 2021 on banning veils in elementary schools, and the following discussion on Twitter(1). The concept "banal religion" from mediatization of religion theory is used to analyze when implicit understandings of religion and national identity become "heated" into a polarization between Islam and Swedish values. This represents a novel use of the concept that can contribute to previous research on religion and national identity by revealing how this dynamic is played out in hybrid media, where the logics of conventional news media become mixed with those of social media.

  • 5.
    Lövheim, Mia
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Jensdotter, Linnea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Contradicting Ideals: Islam on Swedish Public Service Radio2018In: Contesting Religion.: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia / [ed] Knut Lundby, De Gruyter Open, 2018, 1, p. 135-152Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cultural and religious diversity are contested topics in Swedish public debate. This chapter analyses how the radio programme Människor och tro (People and belief) enables and structures the actors and issues that become heard in this debate, particularly with regard to Islam and Muslims. The programme aims to present an alternative to the dominant negative media discourses by equally representing Christianity and Islam in reports, inviting Swedish Muslims to present experiences and opinions on various news events, and enabling debate between religious organizations, experts, and listeners through phone-in sessions and social media. Despite these efforts, the programme tends to reconstruct, as well as challenge, the dominant frames of Islam as a problem for Swedish society and for the relations of power between the majority and minority voices in public debates. The chapter explores how contradictions between the traditional ideals and formats of public service radio and its ambitions to produce a more nuanced and diverse image of religion contribute to this outcome.

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