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Det förlovade folkhemmet?: en studie av svensk civilreligion speglat i socialdemokraternas retorik 1928 - 2008
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to apply Robert N. Bellahs theory of civil religion, within a Swedish societal context. Bellahs theory was designed in, and influenced by American culture. Therefore, the “translation” of Bellahs theory does not come without problems. A methodological discussion concludes with methods focusing on national self-conceptions. Through this method, the Swedish social democratic notion of the “folkhem” can be related to the notions included by “the American way of life”. The “folkhem” as well as “the American way of life” includes ideas of the nation, made up by specific historical events, in both nations. Those ideas are vital parts of the national self conception in both nations. Historical premises are constantly reborn through the rhetorical reinterpretation, and through the eyes of Bellah, the notion of the folkhem creates a national embracive, ethical value system. The notion of the folkhem still is viable in the Swedish society. Contemporary use of the folkhem-notion is discerned by the threats of globalization and neoliberlismic tendencies. In the light of these threats, the folkhem-notion includes the preservation of Puritanism ideals.

 

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2008. , p. 55
Keyword [sv]
Civilreligion, socialantropologisk teori, historiebruk, nationella identiteter, globalisering, sekularisering, Robert N. Bellah, politisk historia, socialdemokraterna
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Religious Studies Humanities Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-3447Archive number: HRV:D08:3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-3447DiVA, id: diva2:132798
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Available from: 2009-01-02 Created: 2009-01-02 Last updated: 2010-05-12Bibliographically approved

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