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"Tradition och religion kanske känns gammalmodigt": En kvalitativ studie om gymnasieungdomars konstruktion av religion
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

The Swedish RE curriculum states that a major purpose and aim of education inreligion is to make the students accepting and understanding of people, regardlessof religious beliefs and conceptions of life. Previous research has shown that thereare tendencies indicating that these goals are not being attained thus Swedish adolescencespeak of religion and religious people in a stereotypical manner. Thesetendencies are causes of concern which is why this study seeks to make a contributionto the previous research. This research is required since there may havebeen a change in terms of results since the last study was made. In addition, resultsfrom research that are based on interviews are hard to generalize. It is thereforenecessary to look further into these problems to obtain a more complete pictureof these tendencies. The questions this study seeks to answer are the following:How does adolescence ascribe religion and religious people? What does adolescencethink of the mandatory education in religion? The theory which the studyis based on comes from Edward Said´s “Orientalism” in which a theory is describedas regards the construction of the “oriental” and the “European” or “western”person. The theory states that the “oriental” person is ascribed with negativeattributes whereas the “westerner” is opposingly ascribed with positive attributes.The theory is used to examine whether there is such a construction of religion ingeneral or not and how religious people are ascribed.The conclusions are that the youngsters, who have been interviews for this work,speak of religion in a stereotypical manner and ascribe religion with negative attributes.They use terms such as old-fashioned and irrational to describe religion.Furthermore, when speaking of religious people, youngsters tend to refer to religionsother than Christianity. Moreover, the youngsters in the interviews do notconsider Swedes in general to be religious while immigrants often are. Despitethese stereotypical statements, most students in the interviews show an interest ineducation regarding religion and seem to understand why the subject is taught inSweden. However, the understanding of the subject does not seem to be enoughthus the lack in understanding of religion and religious people in general, whichleads to a lack of acceptance as well.

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Keyword [sv]
ungdomar, postkolonial teori, Said, stereotyp, religion, religiös, skola
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194971OAI: diva2:606743
Subject / course
Sociology of Religion
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
Available from: 2013-02-20 Created: 2013-02-20 Last updated: 2013-02-21

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