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Pettersson, P. (2019). Profiling confirmation work as marketing strategy: A case study from Sweden. In: Friedrich Schweitzer, Wolfgang Ilg and Peter Schreiner (Ed.), Researching Non-Formal Religious Education in Europe: (pp. 219-233). Münster: Waxmann Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Profiling confirmation work as marketing strategy: A case study from Sweden
2019 (English)In: Researching Non-Formal Religious Education in Europe / [ed] Friedrich Schweitzer, Wolfgang Ilg and Peter Schreiner, Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2019, p. 219-233Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 1970, 81% of Swedish young people attended confirmation work offered by the Church of Sweden. 46 years later, in 2017, the attendance had dropped to 24%. Along the continuous decline, the church has taken a number of initiatives in order to reform and renew the pedagogic form and content of confirmation work. As part of new pedagogic views the label »confirmation teaching« has been changed to »confirmation work«. This article gives a short background to the decline of attendance,a brief overview of Church of Sweden´s response, and demonstrates by a case study of one local example to meet young people´s individual preferences by providing different new forms of confirmation work. The last part of the article discusses possible factors behind the fast decline of participation in Swedish confirmation work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 2019
Keywords
Confirmation work, Sweden, marketing, church
National Category
Pedagogical Work Religious Studies
Research subject
Educational Work; Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72607 (URN)978-3-8309-3856-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2015). Is the Swedish State Secular When Religious Service Functions areIntegrated in State Institutions?. Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego (18), 23-42
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is the Swedish State Secular When Religious Service Functions areIntegrated in State Institutions?
2015 (English)In: Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego, ISSN 2081-8882, no 18, p. 23-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyses the ambiguous presence of religious agents as service providers in Swedish state institutions, which are supposed to be secular; hospitals, prisons, the military and public schools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lublin: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – KUL University Press, Lublin, Poland, 2015
Keywords
state, religion, state institutions
National Category
Law
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64415 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilNordic Council of Ministers
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2019-07-08Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. & Leis-Peters, A. (2015). Religion i Sverige: Kontinuitet och förändring. In: Mia Lövheim, Magdalena Nordin (Ed.), Sociologiska perspektiv på religion i Sverige: (pp. 37-52). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion i Sverige: Kontinuitet och förändring
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologiska perspektiv på religion i Sverige / [ed] Mia Lövheim, Magdalena Nordin, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, p. 37-52Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015
Keywords
Religion, Samhälle, Sverige
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64416 (URN)978-91-40-69043-2 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-01 Created: 2017-10-01 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2014). Is the Swedish state secular when religious service functions are integrated in public institutions?. In: : . Paper presented at The EUREL Conference, 23-24 October 2014, Lublin Poland..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is the Swedish state secular when religious service functions are integrated in public institutions?
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Church and state formally separated in Sweden 1st January 2000. However, their relationships are complex and ambiguous, illustrated by the presence of the Church of Sweden and its activities within several public institutions. State institutions are officially religiously neutral, although in praxis many have special links and organised cooperation with the former state church. There are even signs of increasing demand of the Church’s special competence in certain areas and the state is financially supporting activities of less financially strong minority faith communities within public institutions. The aim of this paper is to highlight the ambiguous relationships between state institutions and Swedish faith communities. Examples will be included from the following public institutions will be included; the parliament, military institutions, prisons, courts, public hospitals, public schools, universities and some other authorities. Results show persisting presence of religious agents dominated by Church of Sweden. The question is raised whether the Church and religion as such is really separated from the state, or if it is more relevant to describe the relationships as new forms of cooperation after the year 2000?

Keywords
Religion, Church, state, public institutions, Sweden, secular
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34884 (URN)
Conference
The EUREL Conference, 23-24 October 2014, Lublin Poland.
Projects
The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countriesThe Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2014). The impact of contractual relationships to the identity and values of religious organizations –: a pilot study in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The XVIII International Sociological Association, ISA, World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The impact of contractual relationships to the identity and values of religious organizations –: a pilot study in Sweden
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Part of the growing impact of new liberal economic market rationality is an increasing demand of religious organizations to establish partnerships or contracts with the state. Deregulation and liberalization of (public) welfare services in Sweden has since the 1990s resulted in greater attention to civil society as a resource in welfare provision. While the previous state-based welfare model advocated financial solidarity and equal rights to welfare services, the new marked-based model is based on the idea of the individual's right to freedom of choice and accepts different individual financial capacities. From being advocates for a comprehensive welfare system equal for all, religious organizations are presently invited and enrolled as contracted parts of a system accepting inequality in welfare provision related to the financial capacity of the individual. Indications from previous research show that tensions between their identity and the implicit values of contractual relationships may lead to enforced limitation of the specific profile and qualities of religious organizations which at an initial stage was an important part of the distinctive value of their contribution as social agents, as perceived by both parties. A reduction of the religious organizations profile may be caused by e.g. a demand for professionalization of the contracted services, a demand for toning down the religious profile or a demand for accepting values in conflict with its core values. This paper discusses the short term and long term consequences for religious organizations identity and freedom by entering into partnership or contract with public authorities. One specific question is if these relationships are new forms of state-religion regulation? The paper build on results from the research project Welfare and Religion in a European Perspective (WREP) and a recent pilot study in Sweden analysing formal contracts and written agreements of partnership between religious organizations and public authorities.

 

Keywords
Religion, state, contracts, public authorities, identity, Sweden
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34883 (URN)
Conference
The XVIII International Sociological Association, ISA, World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014.
Projects
The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2013). From standardised offer to consumer adaptation: Challenges to the church of Sweden’s identity (1ed.). In: Religion in Consumer Society: Brands, Consumers and Markets: (pp. 43-57). Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From standardised offer to consumer adaptation: Challenges to the church of Sweden’s identity
2013 (English)In: Religion in Consumer Society: Brands, Consumers and Markets, Ashgate, 2013, 1, p. 43-57Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ashgate, 2013 Edition: 1
Keywords
church, challenges, identity
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-43828 (URN)2-s2.0-84900916065 (Scopus ID)9781409449867 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2013). The inconsistent religious logics of belonging, behaving and believing, on the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.. In: : . Paper presented at The 4th conference on Church Reform and Leadership of Change, 19-21 September 2013, Hadeland Hotel, Gran, Norway..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The inconsistent religious logics of belonging, behaving and believing, on the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Majority religion is characterised by life-long belonging and relationship to historical tradition linked to cultural and often ethnical identity. The majority of people in Europe and many other parts of the world have this kind of collectivistic religious belonging, significantly expressed by common rites of passage, especially at the beginning and end of life. But the majority of people within the majority do not behave according to the official code of their religion. For example, they do not attend central collective religious activities on a regular basis; Sunday worship in Churches or Friday prayer in Mosques. And they feel free to have their own individual beliefs. In a qualitative pilot study in Sweden, two different sets of value logics emerged with respect to life-long belonging on the one hand and occasional religious experiences on the other. Church belonging and participation in the rites of passage were motivated by long term collective values, while participation in worship and other one-off activities reflected rather more short term and individual values. This paper considers these differences from a theoretical perspective in order to understand increasing levels of religious choice alongside life-long belonging, thereby presenting a theoretical contribution to the understanding of the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.

 

Keywords
Religion, collectivistic, individualistic, belonging, believing, practising
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34885 (URN)
Conference
The 4th conference on Church Reform and Leadership of Change, 19-21 September 2013, Hadeland Hotel, Gran, Norway.
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2013). The inconsistent religious logics of belonging, behaving and believing, on the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.. In: : . Paper presented at The 32nd Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion - SISR, 27-30 June 2013, Turku/Åbo, Finland..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The inconsistent religious logics of belonging, behaving and believing, on the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Majority religion is characterised by life-long belonging and relationship to historical tradition linked to cultural and often ethnical identity. The majority of people in Europe and many other parts of the world have this kind of collectivistic religious belonging, significantly expressed by common rites of passage, especially at the beginning and end of life. But the majority of people within the majority do not behave according to the official code of their religion. For example, they do not attend central collective religious activities on a regular basis; Sunday worship in Churches or Friday prayer in Mosques. And they feel free to have their own individual beliefs. In a qualitative study in Sweden, two different sets of value logics emerged with respect to life-long belonging on the one hand and occasional religious experiences on the other. Church belonging and participation in the rites of passage were motivated by long term collective values, while participation in worship and other one-off activities reflected rather more short term and individual values. This paper considers these differences from a theoretical perspective in order to understand increasing levels of religious choice alongside life-long belonging, thereby presenting a theoretical contribution to the understanding of the interplay between collectivistic and individualistic religion.

 

Keywords
Religion, collectivistic, individualistic, belonging, believing, practising
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34882 (URN)
Conference
The 32nd Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion - SISR, 27-30 June 2013, Turku/Åbo, Finland.
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2013). Values expressing unity in diversity: A study of the complex relation between majority cultures and minority religions across Europe.. In: : . Paper presented at The 32nd Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion - SISR, 27-30 June 2013, Turku/Åbo, Finland..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Values expressing unity in diversity: A study of the complex relation between majority cultures and minority religions across Europe.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The results from the European Commission sixth Framework Programme project called ‘Welfare and Religion in Europe. Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender’ will be discussed in relation to both methodology and findings. The understanding that values expressing unity in diversity is easier to find in the Nordic countries will be discussed together with the complex relation between majority cultures and minority religions across Europe. Different roles of the states are following a north-south divide while different definitions of minorities on the whole are following an east-west divide of Europe. Women dominate in all sectors but differently in different parts of Europe. An important challenge facing national welfare states today is how to maintain the bonds of solidarity in an increasingly diverse society. The question which is furthered to The Impact of Religion-Program in Uppsala is: In what ways do majority and minority welfare providers understand social cohesion and how is it implemented in their work.

Keywords
Religion, values, minority, majority, diversity, Europe
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34881 (URN)
Conference
The 32nd Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion - SISR, 27-30 June 2013, Turku/Åbo, Finland.
Projects
Welfare and Values in Europe – Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender (WAVE)The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework ProgrammeSwedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
Pettersson, P. (2012). Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion. In: : . Paper presented at The 2012 SSSR Annual Meeting, November 9-11, Phoenix, Arizona, USA..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Church and state formally separated in Sweden 1st January 2000. However, their relationships are complex and ambiguous, illustrated by the presence of the Church of Sweden and its involvement in activities within several public institutions, and public authorities’ official use of religion in certain contexts. State institutions are officially religiously neutral, although in praxis many have special links and organized cooperation with the former state church. The aim of this paper is to scrutinize Swedish public authorities’ official use of religion in a selection of contexts at national level; at the yearly opening of parliament, at official celebrations or commemorations, existence of religious rhetoric in official speeches by the prime minister and the king, presence of public authorities’ representatives in religious rituals and ceremonies. The study focuses these contexts in three selected years 1988, 1998, 2008, in order to analyse possible change over time.  

Keywords
Religion, state, public authorities
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Religious Studies and Theology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34880 (URN)
Conference
The 2012 SSSR Annual Meeting, November 9-11, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Projects
The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countriesThe Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4067-4603

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