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  • 1.
    Axner, Marta
    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.
    Public Religions in Swedish Media: A Study of Religious Actors on Three Newspaper Debate Pages 2001-20112013Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study addresses issues concerning religion in the public sphere, brought about by the debates over the perceived resurgence of religion and the post-secular. The aim is to analyze the participation of religious actors in the public, using three newspaper debate pages as the empirical material. Building on theories by Casanova, especially his concept of public religions, as well as mediatization theory and Habermas' writings on religion in the public sphere, 639 opinion pieces signed by religious actors were analyzed. The mixed-methods content analysis was conducted in two steps: first a quantitative overview of the religious actors published, to what extent and on what issues. The second step consisted of three qualitative case studies based on the results of the first step: an argument analysis of the debate over same-sex marriage; an exploration of the specific position of the Church of Sweden and the idea of the national church as a public utility; and finally a discourse analysis of articles by Jewish and Muslim authors. These were analyzed on the basis of criteria for public religions developed from Casanova’s theory and from the media logic of debate articles. While the results show no clear increase in the number of religious actors during the period under scrutiny, one notices a clear presence of Muslim and Jewish actors, eventhough Christians of varying denominations dominate the material. There are also clear differences between the different religions: minority religion contributions are limited in terms of issues and scope, while Christian groups write about more varied issues. Muslims often relate to negative media discourse towards Islam, while Jewish signatories write on a limited number of themes closely related to the group itself. In many articles, one found a meta-debate over the place of religion in the public sphere even when specific issues were debated. The contribution of this dissertation is to critically discuss the concepts and assumptions underlying the debate over the place of religion in the public sphere. It stresses the importance of media perspectives as well as empirical studies for analyzing issues of authority, visibility, private/public and religion in late modern, mediated contexts.

  • 2.
    Bäckström, Anders
    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.
    Religion i de nordiska länderna: Mellan det privata och det offentliga2014In: Religiös och social förändring i det glokala samhället: Samtida religionssociologiska perspektiv / [ed] Per, Pettersson, Marta Axner, Annette Leis-Peters, Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, Anders Sjöborg, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2014, 1, p. 195-238Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artiklen ingår i en så kallad festskrift till Anders Bäckström, med en rad bidrag översatta till svenska, där författaren ger en översikt över den internationella religionssociologiska forskningsfronten utifrån ett svenskt perspektiv.

  • 3.
    Bäckström, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
    Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender. National Overviews and Case Study Reports. Volume 2, Continental Europe: Germany, France, Italy, Greece2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is the second volume from the European Commission Project: Welfare and Values in Europe. Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender. It gives an overview of the religious and social situation in four out of twelve countries in Europe and examines local social and religious interaction in a gender perspective in one locality in each country. This examination is carried out through interviews with representatives of local majority churches, religious minorities and social authorities. This volume display the results from the so called Conservative or Christian Democratic Continental Europe with its specific form of welfare regime. The countries are Germany, France, Italy and Greece.

  • 4.
    Bäckström, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender. Northern Europe: Sweden, Norway, Finland, England. Volume 1. National Overviews and Case Study Reports2011Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is the first volume from the European Commission Project: Welfare and Values in Europe. Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender. It gives an overview of the religious and social situation in four out of twelve countries in Europe and examines local social and religious interaction in a gender perspective in one locality in each country. This examination is carried out through interviews with representatives of local majority churches, religious minorities and social authorities. This volume display the results from the so called Social Democratic and Liberal welfare regimes of Northern Europe. The countries are Sweden, Norway, Finland, England. 

  • 5.
    Bäckström, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
    Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions to Religion, Minorities and Gender. Vol 3. Eastern Europe: Latvia, Poland, Croatia, Romania2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Bäckström, Anders
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Pettersson, PerUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    The Challenge of Religion: Colloquium on interdisciplinary research programmes2011Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Research within the area of interaction between religion, law and society has grown extensively during the last decade. There are now several programmes going on in Europe with the aim to investigate the place of religion within the private and public spheres of society.

    This collection of articles is the result of the first colloquium in Uppsala where researchers from the different Research Programmes around Europe have contributed. The initiative to the colloquium has come from The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, an Uppsala-based research programme running over ten years.

    An outline of the programme of the colloquium is enclosed in order to give an understanding of the scope of the meeting. The list of participants also illustrates the broad representation from different disciplines in the Faculties of Theology, Law and Social Sciences around Europe.

  • 7.
    Cetrez, Önver
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
    Assyrian Identification as a Body of Power Politics: A Practice-Oriented Analysis2012In: The Assyrian Heritage: Continuity in rituals, symbols, and language / [ed] Cetrez, Ö., Donabed, S., Makko, A., Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Through a cultural psychological point of view ethnic identity is linked to culture, as culture provides the context in which identity is embedded and negotiated. Approaching identification from a practice-oriented approach, two questions are raised. First, how does Assyrian identification as practice distinguish itself from other identifications, and second, what does Assyrian identification accomplishes in doing so? By analyzing Assyrian identification through the characteristics of practice and by adding from the research review with causes of differentiation, a model for Assyrian identification as it has been represented in scholarly work is presented. It is argued that power relations are always inherent in Assyrian identification, and that power is exercised by directing and structuring the identity practices. It is concluded that this has produced Assyrian agents who have competency in interpreting the varieties of identity ideologies as the result of political and economical power interests that have been imposed both internally and externally.

  • 8.
    Cetrez, Önver
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
    Donabed, SargonRoger Wiliams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, US.Makko, AryoHistoriska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.
    The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence is a collection of essays discussing Assyrian culture and identity from language, ritual, symbol, and identity perspectives from the ancient world to the modern day. The theoretical interpretations and methodological approaches covered in the book aim to narrate the past, presence and future of the cultural and linguistic heritage of the Assyrian people.

  • 9.
    Fritzson, Arne
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies.
    Att tolka det tvetydiga: tro, liv och funktionshinder2007Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The book investigates the connections between experiences of life lived with impairments and existential questions of belief and life in theory and praxis. The starting point for the book is the question of how the differences between living with, or without impairments are described. With the distinction between life with and without impairments there always follows an ambiguity. This book has chosen ICF as its model for understanding what disabilities are because this model is the most appropriate for this book’s way of approaching these questions. ICF is a model which leaves room for conflicts of interpretation and lacks precision.

    The first section of the book which includes chapters one to three discusses questions of history, politics and views of humanity. The first chapter discusses how a worldviews perspective can be used to comprehend how our understanding of the category “people with disabilities” came about. The second chapter on disability politics takes as its starting point those regulations in Swedish law which forbid discrimination on a number of grounds, including disability. Chapter three addresses the question of how anthropology and our understanding of what it is to be human, changes when experiences of living with disability are taken into account.

    The second part of the book discusses religious questions. The fourth chapter discusses how our perceptions of god can be influenced by experiences of a life with impairments. The fifth chapter comments upon how various biblical passages which touch on impairments should be interpreted. The sixth chapter discusses the ways in which experiences of life with suggestion impairments influences Christian theological anthropology.

    This book ends with something which can be called a slow departure from the discourse of disabilities. This means an attempt to leave behind all the stigmatizing and oppressive associations which are connected to that discourse.

  • 10.
    Hansson, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Religiöst ledarskap under förändrade villkor2014In: Religiös och social förändring i det glokala samhället: Samtida religionssociologiska perspektiv / [ed] Per Pettersson, Marta Axner, Annette Leis-Peters, Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, Anders Sjöborg, Uppsala universitet , 2014, p. 183-194Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11. Hollmer, Miriam
    et al.
    Bäckström, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Svenska kyrkan och välfärden: en undersökning av attityder2013Book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Lindberg, Jonas
    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.
    Religion in Nordic Politics as a Means to Societal Cohesion: An Empirical Study on Party Platforms and Parliamentary Debates 1988–20122015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, I address the relationship between religion and politics in the Nordic countries, 1988–2012, against a background of increasing religious diversity alongside more or less continuous relationships between church and state. My aim is to analyse possible changes in the way religion is referred to by Nordic parliamentary parties, and in the way these parties use religion as a means to societal cohesion. I use theories on religious change and on the motives for using religion in politics to discuss a possible re-emergence of religion in politics, with the help of concepts such as functional differentiation, glocalisation and politicisation. I apply different forms of content analysis in a mixed-methods approach, using both substantial and functional definitions of religion. The thesis is based on four articles published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed international journals: First, a study on religion in Nordic party platforms from around 1988, 1998 and 2008. Second, a study on religion in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish parliamentary debates, 1988/89, 1998/99 and 2008/09. Third, a study on the role of the majority churches in the final Nordic parliamentary debates on same-sex unions 1989–2012. Fourth, a study on Danish and Norwegian parliamentary debates on the wearing of veils among judges and policewomen in 2009. The major findings are that the references to religious diversity in party platforms and parliamentary debates have increased, which leads to a more complex understanding of the religious cleavage in politics, and that right-wing populist parties in particular politicise religion to achieve political influence. Furthermore, human rights have been increasingly used to address religious diversity as a political issue. I interpret these findings as continuous use of religion for societal cohesion in Nordic politics, through a model of different forms of politicisation using the concepts civil religion, human rights and nationalism. The thesis contributes to a better understanding of the religious cleavage, politicisation of religion, the impact of globalisation on the political debate about religion and changes as well as continuity regarding the use of religion in Nordic politics.

    List of papers
    1. Religion in Nordic Party Platforms 1988-2008
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion in Nordic Party Platforms 1988-2008
    2013 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 121-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, I will analyse how Nordic political parties refer to religion in party platforms from the late 1980s until 2008 in light of increased religious diversity and changed relations between church and state in the Nordic countries. Four questions are asked: (1) Does the number of issue-areas related to religion increase or decrease over time in the party platforms? (2) Does the connection between religion and other political issues, such as national identity, foreign policy, and human rights, change during this period? (3) How do the political parties view the positions of the majority churches and do they change over time? (4) What differences can be observed between the political parties in their approach to religion? The data consist of 136 party platforms from all the five Nordic countries in 1988, 1998, and 2008. The analysis shows that issues-areas related to religion increase in Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden, but decrease slightly in Norway. Religion is often mentioned in connection to religious diversity and globalization. The position of the majority churches in party platforms is fairly strong over time, although to decreasing degree, particularly in Sweden and Norway. Finally, the traditional religious cleavage (Lipset and Rokkan 1967) is still evident in Nordic politics, although the right-wing populist parties complicates this picture as they tend to use religion to defend national values against consequences of religious diversity.  

    Keywords
    Religion, political parties, Nordic countries, Scandinavia, party platforms
    National Category
    Religious Studies
    Research subject
    Sociology of Religion
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211200 (URN)
    Projects
    Impact of ReligionNOREL
    Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
    2. Politicisation of Religion in Scandinavian Parliamentary Debates 1988–2009
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>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, p. 565-582Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    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.

    Keywords
    Religion, politics, politicisation, Scandinavia, parliament, right-wing populist, globalization
    National Category
    Religious Studies
    Research subject
    Sociology of Religion
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240744 (URN)10.1080/21567689.2014.965693 (DOI)
    Projects
    NORELImpact of Religion
    Funder
    Nordic Council of Ministers
    Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-05
    3. Renegotiating the Role of Majority Churches in Nordic Parliamentary Debates on Same-Sex Unions
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Renegotiating the Role of Majority Churches in Nordic Parliamentary Debates on Same-Sex Unions
    2016 (English)In: Journal of Church and State, ISSN 0021-969X, E-ISSN 2040-4867, Vol. 58, no 1, p. 80-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, a case study is used to analyse how the position of the majority churches is expressed in Nordic parliamentary debates on same-sex unions and to discuss the results in relation to theories on functional differentiation contextualised through socio-cultural factors. In the study, the degree of references to the majority churches in the debates is analysed and to what degree Members of Parliament support the role of the majority churches as performers of legally binding weddings. It is also analysed to what degree the majority churches directly and indirectly are used as authorities to strengthen the claims for or against same-sex unions. In the conclusion, these debates are understood as a re-negotiation of the role of the majority churches due to their ability to continuously function through performance and as public utilities. Meanwhile, socio-cultural factors are also used to explain differences in how the role of the majority churches is referred to in the parliamentary debates on same-sex unions in the different countries. 

    Keywords
    church, state, Nordic, Scandinavian, same-sex union, homosexuality, politics, parliament
    National Category
    Religious Studies
    Research subject
    Sociology of Religion
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240750 (URN)10.1093/jcs/csu103 (DOI)000397127800004 ()
    Projects
    NORELImpact of Religion
    Funder
    Nordic Council of Ministers
    Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-06-30Bibliographically approved
    4. Values and Veils in Danish and Norwegian Parliamentary Debates and the Absence of Gender
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Values and Veils in Danish and Norwegian Parliamentary Debates and the Absence of Gender
    2015 (English)In: Religion and Gender, ISSN 1878-5417, E-ISSN 1878-5417, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 135-149Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    This is a case study on the kinds of values that were invoked in the parliamentary debates in 2009 on whether or not Danish judges and Norwegian policewomen should be allowed to wear veils for religious reasons in their line of duty. The case marks a shift and the limits of the until-then fairly liberal religious accommodation by the two states. Despite the high esteem of gender equality in Denmark and Norway, gender values are less referred to in these debates and the most common values are instead secularism, secular progress and neutrality or, more explicitly, the impartiality and credibility of the state. The findings are understood as a sign of the adaptive character of symbolic politics to focus on different values depending on the issue, as the underlying purpose is to distinguish between the majority population and (religious) minorities through the use of a narrative of secular progress. A secularism based on such narrative is used to express a clash between values associated with secularity, freedom and modernity and religion, oppression and tradition, here symbolised by the wearing of veils.

    Keywords
    Gender, Scandinavia, secularism, values, veil
    National Category
    Religious Studies
    Research subject
    Sociology of Religion
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241249 (URN)doi.org/10.18352/rg.10121 (DOI)
    Projects
    Impact of religion
    Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-05
  • 13.
    Middlemiss Lé Mon, Martha
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    The In-between Church: A Study of the Church of England's Role in Society through the Prism of Welfare2009Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis has been to explore the role of institutional religion in western Europe between individual and society. This is achieved through an empirical study of the role of the Church of England at local level, using the area of social welfare as the prism through which broader issues of the place of the Church in society can be brought to light.

    At the heart of this thesis lies a case study of the town of Darlington in the North East of England. This is set against a background of a detailed description of the situation regarding religion and welfare in England and of the organisation and situation of the Church at national level. The case study uses a variety of qualitative methods to assess the Church's role in welfare at local level and the expectations and perceptions of its involvement in this sphere held by representatives of the churches, local authorities, voluntary organisations and town residents.

    The role of the Church of England in its national and local context is therefore used as one example which can shed light on issues pertinent to a broader European one. To this end the results of the case study are compared with the situation in Sweden to tease out the extent to which conclusions pertaining to the established church in England can also be applied in a wider European context.

    The study concludes that the Church has a continued role to play in welfare both in terms of practical provision and social activism. It reveals that the Church is, at one and the same time, both seen as one of many organisations in civil society and also perceived to have a particular part to play in society at local level. This continuing though changing role 'in-between' individual and society can be further specified as including three dimensions: mediator, neutral ground and critical voice.

    This suggests that a distinct role in society is also possible for other religious institutions in Europe today within their national contexts, as representatives and upholders of overarching common values in the public sphere. It indicates that although the relationships between individuals and institutional religion and the role religions have to play in society today are ambiguous, they are by no means absent. Thereby the study engages with and contributes to the development of the theoretical debate concerning social change in late modern society, the continued role of institutional religions in the public sphere and the relevance of the secularisation paradigm.

  • 14.
    Pettersson, Per
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Axner, MartaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.Leis-Peters, AnnetteUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.Middlemiss Lé Mon, MarthaUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.Sjöborg, AndersUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
    Religiös och social förändring i det glokala samhället: Samtida religionssociologiska perspektiv2014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Poveda Guillén, Oriol
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
    According to whose will: The entanglements of gender & religion in the lives of transgender Jews with an Orthodox background2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study, the first in its scope on transgender religiosity, is based on in-depth biographical interviews with 13 transgender participants with a Jewish Orthodox background (currently and formerly Orthodox). The primary aim of the study has been to elucidate the entanglements of gender and religion in three periods of the participants’ lives: pre-transition, transition and post-transition. One of the main topics investigated have been the ways participants negotiated gendered religious practices in those three periods. A secondary aim of this study has been to co-theorize, in dialogue with the participants, different possible paths for religious change; that is, the ways in which the larger Orthodox community might respond to the presence of openly transgender members in its midst.

    Concerning the findings, in the course of this study I have developed the themes of dislocations and reversal stories to explain how the participants negotiated the entanglements of gender and religion particularly in the transitional and post-transitional periods. The latter theme–reversal stories–has been of special relevance to explain how gendered religious practices, which were generally detrimental to the acceptance of the participants’ gender identities during the pre-transitional period, had the potential to become a powerful source for gender affirmation after transition. In this study I argue that this possibility and its related mode of agency are not contained within the binary resistance/subordination that feminist scholars have developed to account for the agency of women in traditionalist religions. In order to better conceptualize the notion of agency and explore the nature of the mutual entanglements of gender and religion, I deploy the body of theoretical work developed by Karen Barad known as agential realism. Lastly, I conclude by examining my initial commitments to social constructionism (in Peter Berger’s definition). In the final chapter, I describe how in the course of my study I have encountered three unexpected sites of resistance to social constructionism that have led me to reconsider my previous epistemological commitments and embrace posthumanism as a more satisfactory alternative.

  • 16.
    Row, Anna
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Pettersson, PerUppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Consolidating Research on Religion: Moving the Agenda Forward.: Colloquium on interdisciplinary research programmes 2-4 May 2011.2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Sjöborg, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society.
    Från vatten till vin?: Kristna ungdomars attityder till alkohol2013 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna rapport undersöker bruk och attityder till alkohol och andra droger bland svenska ungdomar i åldrarna 16-25 år, som är aktiva i kristna organisationer. Det empiriska underlaget är en enkätundersökning bland ett urval medlemmar från ett antal kristna samfund och ungdomsorganisationer.  615 personer har besvarat enkäten vilket gör det möjligt att bryta ner materialet i olika undergrupper i förhållande till social bakgrund, sociala relationer och religiositet. Rapporten visar att det är en minoritet som intar ett helnyktert förhållningssätt då de rör sig i olika sociala miljöer och har vänner som dricker alkohol. Samtidigt menar flertalet i undersökningen att de dricker mindre (i många fall betydligt mindre) än de som de umgås med. Detta tyder på att det är vanligt att man utvecklat ett förhållningssätt präglat av måttlighetskonsumtion, i ett samhälle där man i flera sammanhang möter alkohol. 

    Projektet ”Drogfri zon?” är en attitydundersökning bland ungdomar gällande livsåskådningsfrågor och attityder till droganvändning. Projektet är ett samarbetsprojekt mellan Norge och Sverige. Organisationerna Blå Kors Norge och dess svenska systerorganisation Sveriges Blåbandsförbund, står för initiativet till projektet. Projektet har finansierats genom anslag från Stiftelsen Ansvar för Framtiden (SAFF) och norska Helsedirektoratet.

  • 18.
    Stenmark, Mikael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Response to Tarald Rasmussen2011In: The Challenge of Religion: colloquium on interdisciplinary research programmes 3-5 february 2010, Uppsala University / [ed] Anders Bäckström, Per Pettersson, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2011, p. 29-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Sundqvist, Josephine
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre.
    Beyond an instrumental approach to religion and development: Challenges for church-based healthcare in Tanzania2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation serves as a contribution to the larger ongoing debate on the role of religion in development in an effort to move beyond an instrumental approach. The aim is to study the role of religious agents in development through the prism of contractual partnerships between church organisations and the Tanzanian state in healthcare delivery. Three Christian denominations are included in the study: the Roman Catholic Church in Tanzania (Tanzania Episcopal Conference), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the Free Pentecostal Church of Tanzania.

    Three theoretical perspectives are applied to the study of religion and development: (1) an instrumental perspective; (2) a bottom-up perspective and (3) an integral perspective. In order to operationalise the three theoretical perspectives to function adequately for health sector development research, three analytical concepts are included in the framework, namely resource dependency, linking social capital and intangible religious health assets. The methodology is based on an abductive qualitative approach with the use of case studies on the three church organisations (Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal). Three key methods have been used for collecting data: policy analysis, semi-structured interviews and participant observation. Each organisation is analysed in terms of their Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements and collaborative models, their relation towards the state, their internal health policies and their motives for delivering health services. Moreover, by including one local hospital per organisation (Turiani, Selian and Mchukwi), it is also possible to integrate the local implementation level into the study. In order to capture the views of public authorities, interviewees from the national Ministry of Health and local Council Health Management Teams have also been included.

    By entering into PPP health agreements, church organisations have moved to centre stage and gained more influence following the latest political and economic reforms. Their attraction as service providers follows from their existing infrastructure and previous experience and capacity in the health sector. The analysis shows that faith is a key motivator and a central factor in the running of church health services. However, the fact that church organisations are becoming increasingly dependent on the state has implications in terms of their role as a critical voice in the public debate and could potentially threaten their independence as faith-driven civil society actors. Church organisations are also becoming more vulnerable financially, as they are not compensated according to the PPP contracts. The current situation where church organisations are dominating the PPPs in health has implications on both the Tanzanian model of secularism, with its emphasis on Muslim and Christians being treated equally, and the local governments’ strive towards national ownership with their favouring of public healthcare over private alternatives. It is therefore necessary to further study the role of religion beyond an instrumental approach in order to get a deeper understanding of the religious dynamics in the PPPs in health in Tanzania.

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    Winell, Anneli
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Sociology of Religions.
    "Godis för kropp och själ": Välbefinnande och vardagsandlighet i tre svenska kvinnotidningar2016Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis analyses discourses on health and wellbeing in three Swedish lifestyle magazines for women, Amelia, Tara and M-magasin, and how readers of these magazines reflect on and negotiate the values and identities presented in them. The aim of the thesis is to contribute to increased knowledge about mediatized religion, directed to women by commercial women's magazines on a secular market, and how this religion is presented, perceived and used as a resource for women's wellbeing, lifestyle and identity. The study is a qualitative case study combining a content analysis of what is referred to as the wellbeing discourses of the three magazines, and a reception study. This design was selected to combine a media centred and a consumer oriented perspective. Inspired by Nancy T. Ammerman, the magazines’ and the readers’ discursive understanding of religion and spirituality was approached through the concept of everyday religion. The magazines and the readers associated religion with institutional religion and a collective experience. Spirituality was related to non-institutional religion and individually chosen meaning-making elements from both non-institutional and institutional religion. This individualistic spirituality was, thus, still connected to institutional religion. This religion can, on an individual as well as structural level, be connected to a global holistic consumption spirituality and a standardization and homogenization of contemporary religion where practises like yoga and meditation occupied a prominent position. The understanding of religion and spirituality presented through the magazines’ wellbeing discourses, can be seen as “glossy-feminism”, a feminism that grows out of a neo-liberal self-help paradigm, and a feminisation of wellbeing in contemporary western society. Wellbeing is depicted as a female concern that legitimates the reader's attention to her own body as the primary tool to achieve control over her own life and social relationships, and for gender equality in society. This strategy is connected to female caring practice in traditional gender positions. The thesis draws on theories of deregulation of religion, the mediatization and individualisation of religion, and contributes to a deeper understanding of how these shape contemporary religious change. Through focusing the understudied area of commercial women's magazines, it contributes with new knowledge to the field of research on media as a primary source of peoples’ encounter with religion. 

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