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“In Sweden, We Are Christian” – A Swedishness Discourse

  • Karin Kittelmann Flensner
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Abstract

The previous chapters have shown how articulations of a secularist way of relating to religion dominated the utterances about religion and Christianity in the classrooms observed but also how the secularist discourse was challenged by a spiritual discourse. However, the concepts Christian and Christianity were signs that were occasionally given another meaning. Even if Sweden was articulated as a secular country, it could also, during the very same lesson, be stated that Sweden is a Christian nation. This chapter, having the subtitle “A Swedishness discourse”, involves articulations about how, who and what “we” are, or, just as importantly, how, who and what “we” are not. These articulations are labelled a Swedishness discourse and this discourse of religion is distinguished by notions of national characteristics. The Swedishness discourse was built up through descriptions of what is Swedish and hence what is not Swedish and articulated as un-Swedish through clusters of articulations of Sweden as a Christian country, Alienation and threat, “We have Santa Claus” – holidays, religion and culture, “In Sweden we are secular, individualistic and tolerant” and “Like worshiping Mickey Mouse”: othering of the religious.

Keywords

Swedishness Discourse Sweden Secular Discourse Swedish Culture Muslim 
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  • Karin Kittelmann Flensner
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  1. 1.University WestTrollhättanSweden

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