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Lokala röster och lokala värden. En studie av Ålgårds kyrka.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2651-2552
2007 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Why do people that hardly ever attend at church suddenly become the forefront defenders ofthe church building when it is threatened to be demolished? What does the church mean tothese people that paradoxically enough seems to care about the building though theypreviously never seem to have paid it particular attention? Which values do they assign tothe church if the meaning is not based on Christian values?To get an answer to these questions an investigation has been made in the small village ofÅlgård, in the south-west of Norway. The congregation wished to demolish their church togive place to a new one, but a main part of the non active members of the church wanted tokeep it.The church building has become a symbol of profound existential meaning for the people,without necessary being founded upon a Christian religious belief. These meanings have amore universal character. The building is essential because it is linked to questions of lifeand death and has become the main official space in which to emphasize the importance ofthese moments. However, these rituals and ceremonies can be performed without explicitreference to Christianity and religion.The values ascribed to the church deal on a fundamental level with the way people createthemselves, the place and the local society they live in. They form their own identity, theidentity of the specific place in the landscape as well as the identity of the local community byascribing meaning to the surrounding world. A complex weave of values and meanings is circling around the church building and different parts can be used by different people tocreate themselves. The church building in Ålgård is a basic part of continuous creation of theindividual identities and their worlds.When the existing church is threatened to be demolished and exchanged by a new one, it isnot only the physical building that is threatened. At that moment the individuals, the place aswell as the local communities whole identity is threatening to fall apart. In these post-moderntimes associated with a feeling of social fragmentation, the need to connect to somethingstable and long-lasting seems to increase.

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Oslo: Norsk Institutt for kulturminneforskning , 2007.
, NIKU rapport, ISSN 1503-4895 ; 20
Keyword [en]
Cultural heritage, Construction of history
Keyword [sv]
kulturarv, kulturminnen, historiekonstruktion
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115037ISBN: 978-82-8101-051-2OAI: diva2:793387
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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