Behind the Youthful Facade: The Church of Sweden Abroad and Its Older Visitors and Volunteers
2014 (English)In: Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, ISSN 1552-8030, EISSN 1552-8049, Vol. 26, no 4, 340-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article addresses the role of the Church of Sweden Abroad, with its 45 parishes in foreign countries, for older Swedes who live or stay abroad, permanently or for long or short periods. The article is based on a research project comprising three studies: a qualitative study, an analysis of websites and information material, and an Internet-based survey. The results highlight the important role played by the parishes for older visitors, in terms of providing community, support, and religious services. However, people above the age of 65 were virtually invisible on the church websites and in other information material. This paradox is discussed and the concept of ageism is used in the analysis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2014. Vol. 26, no 4, 340-356 p.
migration, older people, ageism, the Church of Sweden, ethnic congregations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111215DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2014.880774ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84919383997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111215DiVA: diva2:754679
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare