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Contesting Religion

The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia

Ed. by Lundby, Knut

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Chapter 13 Perspectives: Mediatized Religious Education

Toft, Audun / Broberg, Maximilian


This chapter presents two empirical case studies of religious education (RE) in Norway and in Sweden. In addition to introducing the Upper Secondary School section of the present volume, the chapter explores how media materials and discourses are being extensively used in a similar fashion as part of RE in both countries. Media materials and discourses serve to both contextualize the content of the subject and to legitimize RE by showing why religion is relevant for contemporary Norwegian and Swedish society; thus, they form an important part of the RE lessons. Applying a mediatization perspective, we argue that this use of media impacts both the choice of topics addressed and the way they are presented, as it inserts various media dynamics into the pedagogical practice of religious education.

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Audun Toft, Maximilian Broberg (2018). Chapter 13 Perspectives: Mediatized Religious Education. In Knut Lundby (Editor), Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia (pp. 225–242). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110502060-018

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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