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"Min bäste vän är Jesus": Om barns möjligheter att uttrycka en kristen identitet i grundskolan
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0981-2430
2024 (Swedish)In: Allt har sin tid: Folkkyrka under omvandling. Rapport 3 från SSKT:s projekt "Folkkyrka i minoritet" / [ed] Sven Thidevall, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2024, 1, p. 67-85Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What is it Like to be a Christian as a Student in Elementary School?

Is it more difficult for elementary school children to express a Christian identity today than it was in the 70s and 80s, now that the Church of Sweden, as the majority church, has become more marginalised? Or has it become easier, as more religions have become visible in the school environment? The present chapter is based on the study ‘It is never talked about’: A study of religious and cultural diversity in elementary school, in which the author interviewed pupils, teachers, and principals about the place of religion in elementary school. The analysis shows both circumstances that might make it harder – and circumstances that might make it easier. One aggravating circumstance is the risk that non-confessional religious education alienates religious students from their own religious traditions. If the school pays attention to Christian holidays, but without their confessional content, then this risks doing the same. 

Based on the theory of embarrassment, it may be seen as a simplifying circumstance that the church is more marginalised now than in the 70s and 80s. Breaking a norm may bring feelings of embarrassment. Also, being a Christian, in the sense of believing in the teachings of the traditional church, can be experienced as normbreaking – but not to the extent that the person is excluded from the group of post-Christian secular Swedes, i.e., those who identify with the old culturebearing Christianity though not with its teachings. More radical religious deviations, however, are perceived as less relatable, if relatable at all, because the difference is already great from the start. When the majority church becomes increasingly marginalised, fewer and fewer will identify with the old culturebearing Christianity, and so identifying as a Christian in the future might imply that you are placed in “a completely different compartment”. Thus, the deviation becomes greater, and the embarrassment disappears. 

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Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2024, 1. p. 67-85
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Stiftelsen för Sverige och kristen tro; skriftserien ; 31
Keywords [sv]
folkkyrka, sekularitet, barn, religion, identitet, skola
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Religious Studies
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Historical Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53569Libris ID: tbphmxcjrn2k0jdcISBN: 978-91-7777-270-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-53569DiVA, id: diva2:1838876
Available from: 2024-02-19 Created: 2024-02-19 Last updated: 2024-03-05Bibliographically approved

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