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Fridolfsson, C. & Elander, I. (2013). Faith and place: constructing muslim identity in a secular lutheran society. Cultural Geographies, 20(3), 319-337
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2013 (English)In: Cultural Geographies, ISSN 1474-4740, E-ISSN 1477-0881, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 319-337Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Non-Christian immigrants coming to Sweden encounter a mainly secular society with a strong Lutheran heritage, as physically symbolized by the more than 3500 church towers scattered throughout the country, often in central locations in cities and villages. In this landscape dotted with Christian landmarks, there are few visible physical spaces linked to the identity of Muslim immigrants. The aim of this article is to analyse the religious and cultural significance that Muslim immigrants attach to the presence or absence of mosques in their neighbourhood. Drawing upon a conceptual framework that distinguishes between physical, mental and social space, the analysis focuses on the meaning of place and the identity attached to the mosques. The empirical basis for the study includes interviews with imams complemented by articles and other written materials published in newspapers and on the internet. In the concluding section, we return to and reflect upon our overarching question: the relationship between faith and place in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society. As illustrated in the article, mosques not only function as internal markers of religious faith but also serve as arenas where links can be developed to Christian and secular parts of Swedish society. Thus, they are important in providing both bonding and bridging capital, thus making it possible to develop a Muslim identity in Sweden.

Keywords
faith and place, Islam in Sweden, mosque, Muslim identity, religion and geography
National Category
Political Science Human Geography
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30173 (URN)10.1177/1474474012464024 (DOI)000320500300004 ()
Available from: 2013-08-13 Created: 2013-08-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Elander, I. & Fridolfsson, C. (2013). Faith community works in Sweden (1ed.). In: Paul Cloke, Justin Beaumont & Andrew Williams (Ed.), Working faith: faith-based organizations and urban social justice (pp. 185-200). Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press
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2013 (English)In: Working faith: faith-based organizations and urban social justice / [ed] Paul Cloke, Justin Beaumont & Andrew Williams, Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2013, 1, , p. 15p. 185-200Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2013. p. 15 Edition: 1
Keywords
faith based organisation, politics and religion, civil society and welfare
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33028 (URN)9781842277430 (ISBN)
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2014-01-12 Created: 2014-01-12 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Elander, I., Fridolfsson, C. & Gustavsson, E. (2013). Faith-based engagement and place: Searching for a Swedish muslim identity. In: : . Paper presented at Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies; session Faith, social justice and the city, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1-3 July 2013.
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2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Political Science Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39246 (URN)
Conference
Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies; session Faith, social justice and the city, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1-3 July 2013
Note

Titel på presentation vid konferens:

Faith-based engagement and place identity: Muslim immigrant initiatives in Swedish localities

Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2018-05-22Bibliographically approved
Fridolfsson, C. & Elander, I. (2012). Faith-based organizations and welfare state retrenchment in Sweden: substitute or complement?. Politics and Religion, 5(3), 634-654
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Faith-based organizations and welfare state retrenchment in Sweden: substitute or complement?
2012 (English)In: Politics and Religion, ISSN 1755-0483, E-ISSN 1755-0491, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 634-654Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Local governments in Europe are facing difficulties in meeting citizens' demands for welfare provision. This opens new opportunities for profit as well as non-profit providers of social welfare. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are one type of non-governmental organizations addressed by governments to complement or replace parts of public welfare provision. This article gives some examples of FBOs in action as providers of welfare in a European context, with a particular focus on Sweden. Following the introduction, the second part locates the phenomenon of FBOs within the scholarly debate about secularism/post-secularism as related to multi-level governance. The third part gives an overview of potential roles of FBOs in welfare provision combating poverty and social exclusion, illustrated by a few examples from European contexts. Focus in the fourth part is upon the role of FBO engagement in Sweden as developing after World War II. It is concluded that no system is all encompassing in catering to those who suffer from poverty and social exclusion. There will always be a need for the competence and avant-garde role potentially provided by FBOs. However, due to historical circumstances FBOs in Sweden have been, and still are, complementary rather than an outright alternative to public welfare provision.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2012
National Category
Humanities Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26990 (URN)10.1017/S1755048312000338 (DOI)000314462900006 ()2-s2.0-84873956815 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Faith-based Organisations and Social Exclusion in European Cities (FACIT)
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2013-01-23 Created: 2013-01-23 Last updated: 2018-05-10Bibliographically approved
Elander, I. & Fridolfsson, C. (2011). Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in Sweden (1ed.). Leuven: Acco
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in Sweden
2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leuven: Acco, 2011. p. 116 Edition: 1
Keywords
faith-based organisations, FBOs, religion and politics, urban politics, urban policy, trosbaserade organisationer, religion och politik, urban politik
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-15269 (URN)978-90-334-8358-5 (ISBN)
Projects
FACIT EU 7th Framework Programme
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2011-04-14 Created: 2011-04-14 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Bachora, L., Elander, I. & Fridolfsson, C. (2011). Faith-based organizations and social exclusion in Denmark (1ed.). In: Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in Ireland and Denmark (pp. 27-66). Leuven: Acco
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Faith-based organizations and social exclusion in Denmark
2011 (English)In: Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in Ireland and Denmark, Leuven: Acco , 2011, 1, , p. 66p. 27-66Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leuven: Acco, 2011. p. 66 Edition: 1
Keywords
faith-based organisations, FBOs, religion and politics, urban policy, urban politics, urban governance, social exkludering, trosbaserade organisationer, religion och politik, urbana politik, stadspolitik, social exkludering
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-15272 (URN)978-90-334-8361-5 (ISBN)
Projects
FACIT, EU 7th Framework Program
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Fridolfsson, C., Elander, I., Granberg, M. & Amnå, E. (2009). FBOs and social exclusion in Sweden. In: Danielle Dierckx, Jan Vranken, Wendy Kerstens (Ed.), Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in European cities: national context reports (pp. 161-196). Leuven: Acco
Open this publication in new window or tab >>FBOs and social exclusion in Sweden
2009 (English)In: Faith-based organisations and social exclusion in European cities: national context reports / [ed] Danielle Dierckx, Jan Vranken, Wendy Kerstens, Leuven: Acco , 2009, p. 161-196Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leuven: Acco, 2009
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-7696 (URN)978-90-334-7550-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2009-08-17 Created: 2009-08-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Fridolfsson, C. (2008). Political protest and metaphor. In: Terrell Carver, Jernej Pikalo (Ed.), Politics, language and metaphor: interpreting and changing the world (pp. 132-148). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political protest and metaphor
2008 (English)In: Politics, language and metaphor: interpreting and changing the world / [ed] Terrell Carver, Jernej Pikalo, London: Routledge , 2008, p. 132-148Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2008
Series
Routledge innovations in political theory ; 30
National Category
Social Sciences Social Sciences Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3202 (URN)978-0-415-41735-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2006-11-24 Created: 2006-11-24 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Fridolfsson, C. (2006). Deconstructing political protest. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek
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2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Part I of the thesis Deconstructing Political Protest is an introduction to the theoretical, epistemological and (anti)ontological approach guiding the analysis in the articles comprising Part II. Investigations into the ideological organisation of political protests are the focus in all four articles. The questions asked concern what makes some subjects or political gestures tolerable and legitimate and others less so. Answering this type of questions involves deconstructing the political processes where the modes and subjects of protest are conditioned. The ideological organisation of protest is here identified as a result of power struggles. Ideology is here a closure of the social, i.e. the non-acknowledgement of the instability of how our world is organised. The four articles accordingly investigate the openings and aporias in discourses on political protest, and the struggle between hegemony and its unmaking, rather than search for a hermeneutic whole.

An occupation, a demonstration and a referendum serve as examples when deconstructing discourses organising political protests. What these three events have in common is how the “laws” regulating political protests are broken, yet it is exactly when the laws are broken that they appear as an independent structure. The illegal occupation is additionally breaking the law regulating political protest by appearing innocous in the hegemonic discourse. Activists occupying an operation ward are in this example not condemned as criminals but are instead respected as an anomaly deviating from regular problematic occupants. Similarly street demonstrations in the second example relate to a violent outside deviating from the normal peaceful demonstration, but in this example the outside violence blends into the identity of all activist through various metaphors. The third example examines how a referendum, formally a well-respected mode of protest, can still be questioned in a hegemonic discourse.

The events studied challenge the notion of what constitutes reasonable political activity, but simultaneously maintain the meaning of, and become the condition of possibility for, the acceptable and unacceptable political protest since the laws regulationg political protest are determined by their transgressions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek, 2006. p. 101
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 17
Keywords
aporia, deconstruction, demonstration, discourse theory, EMU, euro, gender, hegemony, identity, language, metaphors, movements, occupation, politics, political, political protest, poststructural, power, protest, referendum, riots, social movements, text, violence
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-798 (URN)91-7668-508-X (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-12-15, HSL2, Långhuset, Örebro universitet, Örebro, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2006-11-24 Created: 2006-11-22 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Fridolfsson, C. (2006). Demokratiska damer och suspekta subjekt: draman i skildringarna om politisk protest. In: Mats Ekström ... (Ed.), Om demokratins villkor: 2 (pp. 207-229). Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Demokratiska damer och suspekta subjekt: draman i skildringarna om politisk protest
2006 (Swedish)In: Om demokratins villkor: 2 / [ed] Mats Ekström ..., Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2006, p. 207-229Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2006
Series
Conditions of democracy, ISSN 1653-5561 ; 2
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-14544 (URN)91-7668-463-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-02-10 Created: 2011-02-10 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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