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Axelson, Tomas, Docent religionssociologiORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7883-3251
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Axelson, T. (2019). Contesting religion. The media dynamics of cultural conflicts in Scandinavia [Review]. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 32(1), 91-93
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contesting religion. The media dynamics of cultural conflicts in Scandinavia
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 91-93Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Akademika AS, 2019
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30154 (URN)10.18261/issn.1890-7008-2019-01-06 (DOI)000468533600006 ()
Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Axelson, T. (2019). Thick Viewing : Movies, Ethics and Utopian Dreams of a Better World. In: Anita Cloete (Ed.), Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Interplay between Religion, Film and Youth: (pp. 51-64). Stellenbosch South Africa: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thick Viewing : Movies, Ethics and Utopian Dreams of a Better World
2019 (English)In: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Interplay between Religion, Film and Youth / [ed] Anita Cloete, Stellenbosch South Africa: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2019, p. 51-64Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stellenbosch South Africa: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2019
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Arts
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Filmengagemang och självets utopiska reflexivitet - den rörliga bildens förmåga att beröra människa på djupet.
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30638 (URN)9781928480204 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-08-30Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, E. (2019). Till demokratins försvar?: Det lokala civilsamhället om Nordiska motståndsrörelsens närvaro i Ludvika. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Till demokratins försvar?: Det lokala civilsamhället om Nordiska motståndsrörelsens närvaro i Ludvika
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2019. p. 32
Series
Interkulturellt utvecklingscentrum Dalarna (IKUD) ; 08
National Category
Sociology Political Science
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29534 (URN)978-91-88679-22-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-02-20
Axelson, T. (2018). A wish for social cohesion: Local engagement and perspectives on inter-religious councils in contemporary Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at 16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR). 17-21 June 2018, Bern.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A wish for social cohesion: Local engagement and perspectives on inter-religious councils in contemporary Sweden
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the 20th century, Sweden developed into a mainly secularized society with low key institutional religious presence on the political scene. Church and state separated in year 2000, as a result of a long term development separating religion and politics in Sweden. But a new development has been taking place in the last decade in Sweden on municipality levels. Being a society with less the 5% of the population born abroad in the beginning of the 1960s, contemporary Sweden is today a cultural multi-diverse society with close to 20% of its population born abroad. As a result of migration Sweden has rather rapidly developed into a cultural diverse and multi-religious society. Starting in the year 2006 on a municipality level, representatives of religious organizations have in Sweden become invited participants in a growing number of Swedish cities through involvement in inter-religious councils. Often political local authorities has decided to take a leading role in the councils, seemingly out of a growing awareness of faith-based organizations crucial role in promoting social cohesion in local settings.

This paper presents a case study where the formation of an inter-religious council is taking place in a mid-sized Swedish town. The paper presentation outlines the result of interviews with three kinds of actors; (1) elected politicians responsible for strategic policymaking in local community, (2) civil servants responsible for carrying out these policies and (3) representatives of Christian and Moslem faith-based organizations active in the local community.

Main research questions are the following: What are the key expectations on the council from the different actors’ point of view? What kind of challenges are perceived to be crucial by different actors which should be dealt with in the short and long run?

Analyses are made comparing similarities and disagreements in various respondents’ views.The answers from the participants are also discussed through the lens of problematizing the overarching aim of the interreligious council. Does it promote a wished for social cohesion or does it involuntarily strengthen group conflict in pluralistic Sweden? The outcome of the empirical data will also be put in a European context about the consequences on local level when interreligious dialogue is established as part of municipalities’ inter-cultural strategies.

Keywords
Inter religious dialogue, inter faith, social cohesion, religious diversity
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Interreligiöst råd i Borlänge (IRIB)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29201 (URN)
Conference
16th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR). 17-21 June 2018, Bern
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2018-12-27Bibliographically approved
Axelson, T. (2018). A wish for social resilience: Local engagement and perspectives on inter-religious councils in contemporary Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at The second international conference on: The Impact of Religion Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy Uppsala University, Sweden, April 24-26th 2018 Theme: Religion in the public sphere, media and politics.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A wish for social resilience: Local engagement and perspectives on inter-religious councils in contemporary Sweden
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Swedish society is characterized by secularization but as a result of migration during the last decades Sweden has developed into a more pluralistic society. On local level this is also detectable through a development of inter-religious councils in a growing number of Swedish cities. Often local political authorities has decided to play a crucial part in the councils, seemingly out of a growing awareness of faith-based organizations vital role in promoting social cohesion in local settings. This paper presents a case study where the formation of an inter-religious council is taking place in a mid-sized Swedish town. It presents the result of interviews with three kind of actors; (1) elected politicians responsible for strategic policymaking in local community, (2) civil servants responsible carrying out these policies and (3) representatives of participatory Christian and Moslem faith-based organizations active in the local community. Main research questions: What are the key expectations on the council from the different actors’ point of view? What kind of challenges should be dealt with in the short and long perspective from different actors’ point of view? Analysis will be made comparing similarities and disagreements in various views.

Keywords
Inter religious council, resilience, local community, social cohesion, religious diversity, multicultural diversity
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Interreligiöst råd i Borlänge (IRIB)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29202 (URN)
Conference
The second international conference on: The Impact of Religion Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy Uppsala University, Sweden, April 24-26th 2018 Theme: Religion in the public sphere, media and politics
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2018-12-27Bibliographically approved
Axelson, T. & Sedelius, T. (2018). Den komplexa frågan kring religionens roll. Dala-Demokraten (7 feb)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den komplexa frågan kring religionens roll
2018 (Swedish)In: Dala-Demokraten, ISSN 1103-9183, no 7 febArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: , 2018
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Interreligiöst råd i Borlänge (IRIB)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29200 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2018-12-27Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H., Båtefalk, L. & Stier, J. (2018). Extremistisk ideologi i den retoriska kampen om sanningen: fallet Nordiska motståndsrörelsen på sociala medier och i lokalpress. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extremistisk ideologi i den retoriska kampen om sanningen: fallet Nordiska motståndsrörelsen på sociala medier och i lokalpress
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2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2018. p. 35
Series
Interkulturellt utvecklingscentrum Dalarna (IKUD) ; 05
National Category
Sociology Media and Communications
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28419 (URN)978-91-88679-20-8 (ISBN)
Note

Reviderad

Available from: 2018-08-29 Created: 2018-08-29 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
Axelson, T. (2018). Från internationell solidaritet till pessimism och främlingsfientlighet. Dala-Demokraten (31 jul)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från internationell solidaritet till pessimism och främlingsfientlighet
2018 (Swedish)In: Dala-Demokraten, ISSN 1103-9183, no 31 julArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Interreligiöst råd i Borlänge (IRIB)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29199 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2018-12-27Bibliographically approved
Axelson, T., Hansson, U. & Sedelius, T. (2018). Från privatsak till politisk kraft?: Borlänges interreligiösa råd och förväntningar på religion som resurs i lokalsamhället. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från privatsak till politisk kraft?: Borlänges interreligiösa råd och förväntningar på religion som resurs i lokalsamhället
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2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2018. p. 57
Series
Interkulturellt utvecklingscentrum Dalarna (IKUD) ; 07
National Category
Sociology Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28853 (URN)978-91-88679-21-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2018-11-01
Frisk, L., Axelson, T., Korsell, L., Lundberg, E. & Stier, J. (2018). Förtroendevaldas trygghet i Ludvika kommun. Falun: Högskolan Dalarna
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förtroendevaldas trygghet i Ludvika kommun
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2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2018. p. 43
Series
Interkulturellt utvecklingscentrum Dalarna (IKUD) ; 06
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28420 (URN)978-91-85941-90-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-29 Created: 2018-08-29 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
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