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Contesting Religion

The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia

Ed. by Lundby, Knut

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Chapter 4 Approaching Contested Religion

Lövheim, Mia / Lied, Liv Ingeborg


Religion has become a matter of intensified public concern in contemporary Scandinavia, and the various media are the main arena in which Scandinavians encounter such controversies. Historically-rooted understandings of religion that are based on the Lutheran Church as both a public utility and cultural resource, and the secular state as the regulator of religious freedom and equality, have become re-articulated in newly emerging frames such as the politicization, culturalization and securitization of religion. This chapter presents the current volume’s overall approach to religion in contemporary Scandinavia as a mediatized and contested social phenomenon. The chapter advocates a perspective from which ongoing contestations and negotiations among a larger spectrum of actors are explored through an application of both substantive and moderate social constructionist approaches to religion. The various applications and interplays of these approaches to religion may fruitfully contribute to the further development of the theory of the mediatization of religion.

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Mia Lövheim, Liv Ingeborg Lied (2018). Chapter 4 Approaching Contested Religion. In Knut Lundby (Editor), Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia (pp. 65–80). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110502060-009

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110502060

Online ISBN: 9783110502060

© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC-ND 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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