Learning to be Norwegian

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März 2012



How are people educated to feel that they are part of a nation? What role does religion play in such a process? In this book Lars Laird Iversen takes a close look at Religious Education in Norway in order to find answers to these crucial questions. The intersection of school, religion and national identity is a hotspot for public controversy, in Norway as well as many other countries. Global flows of ideas and migrants have made religious plurality a fact on the ground in Norwegian city- and mediascapes. Iversen investigates the complexities that arise when the nation-shaping ambitions of Norwegian state curriculum authors meets the diverse group of pupils in religious education classes. The book also provides a theoretical discussion on how religious groups, and other groups with identity claims, should be understood, drawing on contemporary debates between social constructionist and critical realist approaches.Lars Laird Iversen works as associate professor at the Norwegian School of Theology, where he teaches social science. His research interests focus on the sociology of religion, education and national identity.


Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction Part II: Literature 2. Multiculturalism 2.1 Overview of multiculturalism 2.2 Mainstream multiculturalism 2.3 Critiques of Multiculturalism 2.4 Contemporary debates 2.5 Concluding remarks 3. Norwegian sexualities 3.1 Introduction 3.2 The work of Ase Rothing, an example of the Norwegian Sexualities Approach 3.3 Discussion 4. The interpretive approach to religious education 4.1 The interpretive approach: A presentation 4.2 Relating the interpretive approach to other approaches to religious education 4.3 The interpretive approach compared to the religious literacy approach 4.4 Discussion 4.5 Three academic debates: A summary Part III: Conceptual approach 5 Analytical horizon 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Ontological and epistemological background 5.3 Complexity reduction 5.4 Materiality 5.5 Difference 6 Toolkit for analysis 6.1 Viscosity 6.2 Boundaries 6.3 Work 6.4 Conclusions Part IV: Research Design 7. Methodology: Case study and generalisation 7.1 Introduction 7.2 The art of generalising to a population 7.3 The logic of generalising to theory 7.4 Why choose Norway? 7.5 Why choose education? 7.6 Case study conclusions 8. Methods 8.1 Methods introduction 8.2 Multiple methods 8.3 Choice of texts 8.4 Document analysis: Analytical strategy 8.5 Selecting schools 8.6 Gaining access to schools 8.7 Research role: My presence in the field 8.8 Method conclusions Part V: Background 9. Historical Background 9.1 Religious education and national identity in Norway: Introduction 9.2 Building the state, becoming Norwegian and developing modernity 9.3 The historical background: Some analytical points 9.4 Contexts for the contemporary subject 9.5 The contemporary subject: Implementing KRL 9.6 The contemporary subject: The legal history of KRL and RLE 9.7 The modern subject: The revisions 9.8 The modern subject: As it stands today 9.9 Conclusions 10. The schools. An ethnographic context 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Four vignettes from classrooms: Dealing with disagreement 10.3 Differences between the schools 10.4 Similarities between the schools 10.5 Conclusions Part VI: ANALYSIS 11. Document analysis: Values, religion and identity in the formal curriculum 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Outlining the meaning web 11.3 The metaphorical structure of the values-node 11.4 Conclusion 12. Classroom analysis 12.1 Introduction 12.2 The boundary work of a Norwegian Muslim identity 12.3 The boundary work of a Norwegian Muslim identity: Analysis 12.4 The boundary work of a Norwegian enlightenment identity 12.5 The boundary work of a Norwegian enlightenment identity: Analysis 12.6 Boundary work and identity: Discussion 12.7 Conclusions 13. Relating to academic debates 13.1 Introduction 13.2 Representing religion in classroom: Developing the interpretive approach 13.3 National identity and Norwegian Sexualities 13.4 Multiculturalism 13.6 Conclusions Part VII: Conclusion 14. Conclusion Table of figures and examples


Lars Laird Iversen works as associate professor at the Norwegian School of Theology, where he teaches social science. His research interests focus on the sociology of religion, education and national identity.


This is a well grounded and interesting study of what will become an increasingly important field in religious education. - Richard Rymarz in: Journal of Religious Education.

EAN: 9783830926474
ISBN: 3830926472
Untertitel: A case study of identity management in religious education in Norway. 'Religious Diversity and Education in Europe'. Illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Waxmann Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2012
Seitenanzahl: 198 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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