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Kyrka och kön – om könskonstruktioner i Svenska kyrkan 1945-1985

Gustafsson Lundberg, Johanna LU (2001) In Kyrka och kön
Abstract
The aim of this thesis is to analyse how sex and gender have been constructed within the context of the Swedish Lutheran Church 1954-1985. The studied texts mainly consist of Christian pastoral work primarily dealing with sexuality and marriage. But the material also includes investigations within this field published by the Swedish state (SOU), and newspaper articles where marriage and sexuality are discussed from or against a Christian point of view. The question about how sex and gender is constructed have been explored by using three different analytic themes influenced by gender theory: a/ sexuality and gender, b/ Christian views on marriage and married life and c/ the relation between tradition and modernity. These themes highlight... (More)
The aim of this thesis is to analyse how sex and gender have been constructed within the context of the Swedish Lutheran Church 1954-1985. The studied texts mainly consist of Christian pastoral work primarily dealing with sexuality and marriage. But the material also includes investigations within this field published by the Swedish state (SOU), and newspaper articles where marriage and sexuality are discussed from or against a Christian point of view. The question about how sex and gender is constructed have been explored by using three different analytic themes influenced by gender theory: a/ sexuality and gender, b/ Christian views on marriage and married life and c/ the relation between tradition and modernity. These themes highlight in different ways aspects of the construction of sex and gender, e.g., the relation between the individual and social structures, questions concerning private and public spheres, and different views on the person within tradition and modernity. Another important aspect concerns power, namely a discursive interpretation of power and a substantial one. Both concepts illustrate the construction of sex and gender in important ways. During the first period, 1945-1959, there is an emphasis on difference in the construction of sex and gender. By some, man and woman are viewed as two incommensurable entities. During the 1960s an indivdualist perspective is offered. This attaches great significance to feelings and to the development and maturity of the individual and the inner self. Within this perspective the category of gender becomes subordinated. In the 1970s a new perspective on theology is formulated by feminist theologians. Gender serves in a feminist theological approach as a structural critique. Gender as a category is made into a total perspective through which a gender perspective is applied to different areas in society. The question about homosexuality challenges in 1985 a traditional dichotomic construction of sex and gender in which woman and man are constructed as two polarities who are attracted to each other. A queer theoretical perspective highlights how gender - by being constructed from a heterosexual point of view - also includes a strict heterosexual understanding of sexuality. In concluding the thesis I discuss how the Swedish Lutheran Church can be understood as a value tradition in which one finds many vying moral views on sex and gender. (Less)
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author
opponent
  • Prof. Christoffersen, Svein-Aage, Department of Theology, University of Oslo
organization
alternative title
Church and Gender - the Construction of Sex and Gender in the Swedish Lutheran Church 1945-1985
publishing date
type
Thesis
publication status
published
subject
keywords
History of the Christian church, church, feminist perspectives, power, tradition, modernity, man, woman, marriage, sexuality, Sex, gender, Kristna kyrkans historia, Sociology, Sociologi
in
Kyrka och kön
pages
404 pages
publisher
Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion
defense location
Carolinasalen, Kungshuset, Lundagård
defense date
2001-10-27 10:15
ISBN
91-7139-536-9
language
Swedish
LU publication?
yes
id
0a0f44fb-36ce-4d49-9e1a-328f59b5c641 (old id 20309)
date added to LUP
2007-05-25 13:18:26
date last changed
2016-09-19 08:45:02
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