Views on Human Rights among Christian, Muslim and non-religious youth in Norway and Sweden
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 25, no 1, 67-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study explores the relation between religion and attitudes towards human rights among young people aged 17 to 19. The data material consists of 1660 questionnaires filled out in the classrooms by upper secondary school pupils living in the capital city of Oslo and in the Stockholm/ Uppsala area. We want first to find out if there are closer relations between religion and attitudes towards human rights concerning the private sphere than for attitudes towards human rights concerning the public sphere. By rights related to the private sphere we mean views on abortion and family values and by rights related to the public sphere we mean the right to work, views on social equality, freedom of speech, political interest and environmental protection. The study also looks at differences in this regard between Christians, Muslims and a group of nonreligious. The main result is that while a closer relation can be seen between religion and attitudes concerning the private sphere than attitudes concerning the public sphere, there is no support for the assumption that this relationship is stronger amongst the Muslim sub-group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trondheim: Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2012. Vol. 25, no 1, 67-81 p.
human rights, religion, attitudes, compartmentalization, Sweden, Norway, youth
Religious Studies Sociology
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166661DiVA: diva2:477055
ProjectsImpact of ReligionHuman Rights and Religion