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Hela Sveriges folkkyrka: En idéanalys av Sverigedemokraternas syn på kristendomen i Sverige och Svenska kyrkan
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
All of Sweden’s Folk church : An idea analysis of the Sweden Democrats view on Christianity and the Church of Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to describe ideas put forward by Sweden Democrats (Swedish: Sverigedemokraterna) about Christianity in Sweden and the Church of Sweden as a Folk Church, a church for a whole people, and how the political party uses Christianity as a part of constructing a Swedish identity. The investigation is based on official documents, newspaper articles, statements and political motions which are analysed using a form of text analysis called idea analysis. The theoretical frame of the investigation is founded on Claire Mitchell’s theory about religious content in ethnic identities and Einar Billing’s and Johan Alfred Eklund’s thoughts about what makes the Church of Sweden a Folk Church.

The investigation shows, among other things, that the Sweden Democrats’ view of the Church of Sweden is similar to the thoughts of Eklund but they differ in their lack of references to theology. The investigation also shows that Christianity serves as an important marker for the Sweden Democrats in creating a Swedish identity. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden Democrats, Religion, Christianity, the Church of Sweden, Folk Church
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41720OAI: diva2:800486
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2015-04-27 Created: 2015-04-06 Last updated: 2015-04-27Bibliographically approved

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