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Sociology of religion studies religion as a social phenomenon, meaning how religious beliefs, practice and institutions become constructed through social processes on an individual, group and societal level. My research mirrors how sociology of religion during the latest decades have developed from focusing primarily Christian denominations and secularization to new and multiple forms of relations between various religions and areas of society, such as welfare, media, school and politics.
My areas of competence involves primarily media and religion in the form of discussions of religion in digital media and representation of religion in daily press; youth, religion and values, and religion and politics. Issues of religious identity and gender are of central concern.
I gained my PhD in 2004 with the dissertation ”Intersecting Identities: Young People, Religious Identity and Interaction on the Internet”. This was the first study about religion on the internet in Sweden and one of the studies establishing this international area of research. My post doctoral research has developed this theme in two directions. The first concerns changing arenas for and tendencies in constructions of religious identity among youth. The second concerns performances of gender, values and religion among young Swedish popular female bloggers.
My present research analyzes religion in Swedish editorial texts between 1975-2010. The project ”The resurgence of religion?! A study of religion and modernity in Sweden with the daily press as case study” is carried out in cooperation with professor Alf Linderman, the Sigtuna Foundation. I am heading the projects ”Constructions of religion and the secular in contemporary Swedish public debate. An analysis of three case studies 2000-2012” and ” Youth and Religion. A survey of the role of religion for young people’s living conditions in Sweden”. All of these projects are funded by the national Swedish research council and part of the Linneaus Research Programme The Impact of Religion, a Centre of Excellence at Uppsala University 2008-2018 (http://www.crs.uu.se/Research/impactofreligion/?languageId=1)
In 2015 I start a study of how public service broadcasting handles actors, perspectives and issues related to conflicts around the visibility of religion in the public realm.
This study is part of the project ”Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments. A Comparative Scandinavian Study” hosted by the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (se http://www.hf.uio.no/imk/english/research/projects/comrel/)
I actively participate with presentation of my current research in international conferences and workshops. I am also a member of several international research boards and projects related to religion, media and social change. My research is published in articles, books and chapters listed below.
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