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  • 1.
    Acevska, Katja
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Jag tillhör en muslimsk familj men jag är inte religiös: Några ungdomars förändrade syn på sin religion i Sverige2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    It is not surprising that the massive Syrian and Afghanistan immigration three years ago, has changed their view towards Islam rules in their new identity creating. But what has been changed? That was my first question in this essay and the answers I got was rules concerned alcohol, prayer, mosque visits and food rules. All this rules requires someone to influence them to take a stand, which lead us to the next question, about how hegemony was exhibited as a factor in how my respondents answered the first question. The theory of hegemony was the analysis instrument of this study and gave me a hypothesis that hegemony probably had something to do with the change of rules, and it had. All these things that I mentioned as changed rules in their new land demands a personal asset and to be legitimized by someone who represents the hegemony.  In order for the hegemony to continue it has to be anonymous and lead for example friends or teachers. It is visible how my respondents talked about matters that had to do with how the changes where in their common sense, where probably hegemony has the strongest attachment, but also how they thought that they made own choices, was also the choice that the hegemony had done before them. Although I took into account the need to be a part of a group, here it showed how the Muslims was included in a group that only had premises from hegemony standard points. The answers for my result was given to me by six secondary school students by semi structured interviews.

     

  • 2.
    Adetorp, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Celt and Germans in Iron Age Europe: Imagined Communities and strategies among scholars2015In: Concurrences in postcolonial research - perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 20-23 aug, Kalmar, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Adetorp, Johan
    Lunds Universitet.
    De guldglänsande ryttarna : C-brakteaternas ikonografi i ny belysning2008Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Adetorp, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Förhistoriska bilder som religionsvetenskaplig källa: Några kriterier att beakta vid tolkningar av religionsikonografiskt material2011In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 56, no 2, p. 65-79Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A challenge when interpreting prehistoric art is that we often lack written source material, a contemporary text written by people who lived in the cultural context that is studied. It is therefore not uncommon to use texts that are younger than the material that we want to interpret. This could lead to misinterpretations and circular arguments. Images are cultural products formed by their contemporaries and influenced by older idea traditions. This article presents four criteria that might be worth taking into consideration when interpreting prehistoric religious iconography. The article discusses how one might proceed to study prehistoric religious art and what could be helpful to keep in mind when analyzing religions by means of pictures and material culture. 

  • 5.
    Adetorp, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Identitet och verksamhet: Hjulbärande gudinnor och attribut i mellaneuropeisk järnåldersikonografi2015In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 64, no 2, p. 53-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses the difference between identifying and classifying attributes and analyzes the problematic implications if we confuse the two. The empirical material consists of Gallic stone reliefs depicting goddesses with a wheel as attribute. Male deities depicted with wheels have mainly been identified as a Celtic Jupiter or a male sky god sometimes called Taranis. The Gallic goddesses show that the wheel attribute was not an identifying attribute exclusive to this god, but that it rather served as a marker for an activity shared by several deities, both male and female. The articles argument that we need to distinguish between identifying and classifying attributes in order to make a source critical and methodological correct iconographical interpretation, especially when we interpret iconographical representation without the aid of any written sources.

  • 6.
    Adetorp, Johan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Names of swords in Icelandic sagas2017In: EASR Annual Conference : Communicating Religion: University of Leuven 18-21 September 2017, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Named weapons of different origin and purpose occur in the Old Norse mythology, and some of them are better known than others: Thor's hammer Mjolnir and Odin's spear Gungnir, just to name a few. But named weapons are also present in the more mundane Icelandic sagas, and it suggests that the practice of giving individual names to objects was something that occurred among real people in the Viking society. The named swords, spears and axes, which we can read about in the Icelandic sagas, are not portrayed as especially supernatural. They are, however, sometimes talked about in a special way and considered to be extraordinary in one way or another.What kind of name did people give to weapons, and what might have been the purposes for doing so? It is possible that some weapons told a story through their names and that they because of that also brought fame and glory to their owners. It is also conceivable, considered how some of the swords and spears are described in the Icelandic sagas, that named weapons were seen as almost life-like. This paper discusses some thoughts regarding named weapons in the sagas, the purposes for giving names, and if this practise might tell us something about how people in the Viking age viewed these named, possibly presumed life-like, objects.

  • 7.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    A Science of Unique Events: Max Weber's Methodology of the Cultural Sciences1999Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Den akademiska frihetens gränser2006In: Lychnos: Annual of the Swedish History of Science SocietyArticle, book review (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Agevall, Ola
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
    Heinrich Rickert och vetenskapsläran2013In: Kulturvetenskap och naturvetenskap / [ed] Heinrich Rickert / Ola Agevall, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, p. 7-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Mobbning, interaktion och meningsproduktion: Lokala kulturer, individuella trakasserier och kategoriell uteslutning2007In: Social interaktion: Förutsättningar och former, LIber; Malmö , 2007, p. 164-188Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Mobbning som företeelse har en obestämd men med all sannolikhet mycket lång historia. Som begrepp har det däremot en betydligt kortare livstid, och under sitt livslopp har det genomgått viktiga betydelseskridningar. Det vi idag menar med mobbning är inte detsamma som avsågs med begreppet när det först blev en offentlig angelägenhet i slutet av 1960-talet. Den första delen av denna uppsats skildrar den meningsproduktion som, via interaktioner mellan vardagsspråk och vetenskap, har format och omformat mobbningsbegreppet. Historiken är ett preludium till ett teoretiskt bidrag, vars syfte är att ge en ny ingång till studiet av mobbning som företeelse. Mobbningsdiskursens historia har, direkt och indirekt, präglat forskningen på området – forskningens huvudfåra är kvantitativ och individualpsykologisk, med fokus på stabila personlighetskarakteristika hos offer och förövare. Men vid sidan av allfartsvägen har det också vuxit fram alternativ. Ett sådant är Björn Erikssons analyser av mobbning. Det teoretiska resonemang som utmejslas i denna uppsats tar sin utgångspunkt i de mekanismer som Eriksson identifierar. Interaktion och meningsproduktion återkommer här som huvudrollsinnehavare, men nu i en helt annan mening än den som avsågs i beskrivningen av mobbningsdiskursens historia. Nu gäller analysen social interaktion och meningsproduktion inom ramen för begynnande och fullt utvecklade mobbningsrelationer – två faktorer som fått underordnad betydelse i den dominerande forskningstraditionen på området. Arbetet med att vidareutveckla Erikssons teori tar som sin stödjepunkt en sekundäranalys av två hittills orelaterade forskningslitteraturer, barnetnografier och kvantitativa studier av öknamn. Resultatet är ett teoretiskt ramverk som bland annat förmår göra reda för relationen mellan individualiserande mobbning och kategoriellt bundna trakasseriformer som rasism och homofobi.

  • 11.
    Agevall, Ola
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Om begreppskarriärer: En fallstudie av stereotypiernas väg genom de psykiatriska diagnoserna2009In: Arkiv för studier i arbetarrörelsens historia, ISSN 0436-8919, no 98-99, p. 173-202Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Om begreppskarriärer: en fallstudie av stereotypiernas väg genom de psykiatriska diagnoserna2009In: Mellan hantverk och profession: Samhällsvetenskap på klassisk grund / [ed] Eva Fasth, Sven Hort & Svante Lundberg, Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2009, p. 173-202Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Agevall, Ola
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
    Recension: Bo Lindberg (red.): Trygghet och äventyr: om begreppshistoria2007In: Lychnos: årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria, ISSN 0076-1648, p. 376-77Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Aguiar, Daniella
    et al.
    Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
    Atã, Pedro
    Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
    Queiroz, João
    Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
    Creativity as niche construction and some examples in theatrical dance2017In: Annals of the X Brazilian International Meeting on Cognitive Science - EBICC 2015 / [ed] J. E. Kogler; O. F. Pessoa Jr.; J. A. de Moraes, Sociedade Brasileira de Ciencia Cognitiva - SBCC , 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Creativity can be regarded as a property of semiotic resource exploration and niche construction. More specifically, and according to this perspective, creativity is distributed, in cognitive niches, as opportunities for niche-construction. Artistic cognitive niches represent established ways to exploit available artistic semiotic resources. When such opportunities are explored so that new relations between cognition and artistic semiotic resources are established (i.e., the artistic cognitive niche is constructed), then creativity is observed. This process of niche construction involves the transformation of problem spaces ("a branching-tree of achievable situations") through the exploration of cognitive artifacts (in dance, for example, softwares, techniques, equipments such as dance shoes, stage, dance and music notations). Our approach is supported by specific examples in history. In each of these examples, the introduction of artifacts changed not only how to make dance, but also the very concept of dance, opening opportunities for the exploration of new niches.

  • 15. Ahmed, Maaheen
    et al.
    Lund, Martin
    Lunds universitet.
    Apocalypse Why? The Neutralisation of the Antichrist in Three Comics Adaptations2012In: Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture, ISSN 1449-1818, E-ISSN 1449-1818, Vol. 9, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Ammert, Niklas
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    "Det känns mera meningsfullt om det handlar om det": Värdefrågor, elever och undervisningens innehåll2015In: Religionsdidaktiska studier / [ed] Torsten Löfstedt, Kalmar och Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015, p. 5-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Andersson Burnett, Linda
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Exploring and Romanticising the ‘North’: The impact of Carl Linnaeus’s Lapland Narratives on Eighteenth-Century British Primitivism2014In: British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Andersson Burnett, Linda
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Linnaean Natural History, Scottish Moral Philosophy and the Colonial Implications of Enlightenment Thought2015In: Concurrences in postcolonial research – perspectives, methodologies, engagements, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Andersson Burnett, Linda
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    The Edinburgh Connection: Linnaean Natural History, Scottish Moral Philosophy and the Colonial Implications of Enlightenment Thought2014In: Nature’s Empire: A Global History of Linnaean Sciences in the Long Eighteenth Century, European University, Florence, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Andersson Burnett, Linda
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    The “race” to exhibit: Evolutionary debates in Victorian displays of Sami people2014In: Svenska Historikermötet, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Andersson, Fredrik
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    ”Fotbollen är en del av min identitet”: En kvalitativ studie av menings – och identitetsskapande inom svenska supporterkulturen2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med uppsatsen är att undersöka om fotbollssupportrar tillämpar sitt supporterskap som ett sätt att finna mening med sitt liv, samt undersöka om denna känsla av mening appliceras på deras vardag som ett nav vilket de bygger sitt liv. Mitt material bygger på intervjuer som jag genomfört med sex fotbollssupportrar, vilka stödjer olika lag i Sverige. Mitt material har analyserats främst med Peter Berger, Brigitte Berger och Hansfried Kellners The Homeless Mind där de menar att i kölvattnet av moderniseringen och sekularisering upplever människan en avsaknad av identitet och en psykologisk hemlöshet som människan försöker undvika genom att hitta nya sätt att hitta mening och syfte i livet. Fredrik Schougs Intima Samhällsvisioner och Christian Engstrands Religion och Fotboll har också varit användbara i min studie. Alla mina deltagare visar tecken på att de använder supporterskapet för att finna en gemenskap, en identitet och ett existentiellt alternativ i livet. Flera av mina deltagare betonar att supporterskapet ger dem en identitet. Med mina resultat skulle jag hävda att mina deltagare hittar en känsla av mening och syfte med sitt supporterskap, samt att denna gemenskap kan fungera som ett sekulärt existentiellt alternativ till den konfessionella kyrkan.

  • 22.
    Andersson, Magnus
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering.
    Elektronikingenjörens vardag: - ett rymdäventyr2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Masteruppsatsen Elektronikingenjörens vardag - ett rymdäventyr är skriven inom programmet yrkeskunnande och professionsutveckling vid Linnéuniversitetet. Uppsatsen beskriver ett yrkeskunnande som både innehåller avancerade datorsimuleringar och handfasta lödningar av elektriska komponenter, där teori och praktik samverkar. Uppsatsen är skriven i essäform, där händelser och situationer i yrkeslivet utforskas.

    Uppsatsen är skriven för att belysa yrkeskunnandet hos en elektronikingenjör från olika synvinklar; arbetslivet, lärandet och moralen. Genom att behandla tre olika sidor av yrket är tanken att få en större insikt om yrkets helhet. 

  • 23.
    Andersson, Marcus
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.
    Att rekonstruera världen: tillämpade på de moderna olympiska spelen2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to illustrate a modern phenomenon, the Olympic Games, by applying the ideas of Mircea Eliade concerning space, time and myth. This literature study is mainly divided in two parts, one descriptive and one analytic. In the first part Eliade’s ideas and some criticism, which has been pointed against his theoretical approaches as well as his character, are presented. In the second part an analysis is carried out, based on the previously presented ideas and elements essential for the Olympics; the idea of the Olympics, the place, the ceremonies, the competition and the concept of individual idolism.

    I have discussed what seems like gnostic tendencies in Eliade’s ideas, in the sense that both Eliade’s ideas and the concept of Gnosticism argue that knowledge is a necessary condition for salvation, as well as the fact that Eliade and his ideas have not always a pro-Christian approach. I have also shown that incoherency exists in his theoretical approach concerning the manifestation of the sacred.

    I have found that Mircea Eliade’s ideas, with some difficulties, very well can reflect a modern phenomenon such as the Olympic Games. I have also put forth the idea of translating Eliade’s conception of axis mundi into an ideological landscape; the Olympic values become an analogy to axis mundi. Furthermore, I have also shown that modern man in different ways desires to be close to the sacred, and how this fact to some extent may explain people’s devotion to and worship of sport heroes, and thus why not only athletes but also billions of spectators are inclined to attend the Olympics. Finally, I show that, according to Eliade’s ideas, the Olympics might facilitate the process of creating modern myths.

  • 24.
    Andersson, Tim
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Det kvinnan fruktar mest hos mannen är hans tystnad medan det mannen fruktar mest hos kvinnan är alla hennes ord: En studie av kvinnligt maktanspråk inom den isländska sagalitteraturen2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    My aim in this essay is to identify and explain the claims to power that women possessed and were able to wield over other individuals by examining women as a instigators of violence in the Icelandic saga literature. I sought to build upon the previous research on women's representation in the saga literature by further identifying and explaining the power of women. By using qualitative narrative analysis with an approach closely related to content analysis, I searched six Icelandic sagas of different character and featured the identified intrigues in a summary manner. The questions referred to the material are: 

    - Which expressions show that women's actions are a founding reason for men to engage in violence can be found in the material? 

    - How do the female actors exercise power in Old Norse literature? 

    In the light of works by Margaret Clunies Ross, Gro Steinlands, Birgit Sawyers and Jóhanna Katrín Fridriksdottirs and descriptions of women in the Viking Age context with the Norse religion combined with the theoretical starting points from John RP French, Bertram Raven and Sylvia Walby I have answered the questions of the study. The female characters’ claims to power found in the literature were found to be verbally based, in accordance with previous research, and therefore found in social interactions with other individuals. 

    The result shows that women’s power is established in five different power bases: reward, coercive, legitimate, reference and expertise, where coercion and expertise were the most prominent and frequently reproduced forms of power in the material. The descriptions of the woman's claims to power can demonstrate (1) that the woman had a powerful position in the Viking Age context, (2) highlighted as a cause of disorder which man must sort out - and then appears as the sovereign, (3) a Christian tendency and function as propaganda against paganism. But one of the most interesting and important aspects that this study highlights is that women's actions can be seen as destructive as they are a leading cause of violence in many cases, but the women do not always do this in pure malice, although malice may be present in some intrigue. Several women seem to have a constructive motive as they often want the family to escape the shame and instead perform great deeds which generate honor - which is the moral system that is found in paganism. By understanding women's motives in this way, one can understand that they want to achieve good even if it sometimes requires violent actions. These actions can also be viewed differently than in our modern societies which are characterized by a different mentality towards violence than was the case in Viking society.

  • 25.
    Andersson, Tobias
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Den tidlösa sufismen: Om philosophia perennis föreställningar om sufism och islam2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Det västerländska intresset för sufism har under 1900-talet varit stort, liksom antalet böcker som har publicerats rörande ämnet, både inom och utanför den akademiska världen. Samtidigt har en fascination för islams esoteriska dimensioner kunnat påträffas bland flera konstnärer, poeter och intellektuella, vilka inte sällan varit befryndade med philosophia perennis och dess läror, som både inom och utanför de akademiska sammanhangen således har utövat ett visst inflytande. Följande studie inriktas dock på de mest framstående och uttalade företrädarna för philosophia perennis som under 1900-talet dragits till sufismen, med fokus på deras föreställningar och tolkningar av sufism och islam.

    Studiens syfte är att genom en textkritisk och idéhistorisk metod analysera kvalitativt utvalda skrifter av perennialister som ger uttryck för särskilda föreställningar och tolkningar av sufism genom att relatera dessa till teorier om orientalism, occidentalism, globalisering och modernitet. Detta utreds genom problemformuleringarna: Hur framställs och tolkas sufismen av företrädare för philosophia perennis? Varför framställs sufismen så? Vad finner företrädarna tilltalande i islam och sufism?

    Resultaten visar att perennialisterna anspelar på och använder de orientalistiska och occidentalistiska föreställningar som finns i både öst och väst vid presentationerna av islam och sufism, bland annat för att kritisera moderniteten och definiera sina egna ståndpunkter. Dessutom pekar resultaten vidare på att perennialismen både närts och influerats av modernitens allt mer påtagliga globalisering, även om de ofta reagerar polemiskt emot den. Utan att reducera 1900-talets philosophia perennis till enbart en anti-modernistisk idéströmning, fokuserar studien på dess relation till modernitet, globalisering, orientalism och occidentalism, enligt syftet att belysa perennialismens föreställningar om sufism, varför just islam tilltalar företrädarna samt vilka särskilda implikationer ovan nämnda faktorer genererar i deras föreställningar och tolkningar av sufism.

  • 26.
    Anechiarico, Frank
    et al.
    Hamilton College, USA ; City University of New York, USA.
    Andersson, Staffan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Shaping the state to private purposes: A comparison of conflicts of interest in the United States and Sweden2016In: Legal but Corrupt: A new perspective on public ethics / [ed] Frank Anechiarico, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016, p. 29-53Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Angelsmark, Erika
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    [Klistra in populärkulturell referens här]: Populärkultur i styrdokument och läroböcker för religionskunskapen på gymnasienivå2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Popular culture is a phenomenon of growing importance in the society today. Children and teenagers are increasingly using popular culture in their everyday life to reflect and answer questions about their identities and the meaning of life. Swedish primary and upper secondary schools are expected to prepare their students for adulthood and to provide them with tools to explain understand and problematize contemporary society. From this perspective it is relevant to question whether the schools achieve this and whether the instruction given there represents the contemporary society. For the purpose of knowing more about how popular culture is perceived and dealt with in the Swedish education system, this study examines how eight textbooks in Religious Education (RE) and the national curriculum for upper secondary school discuss and treat popular culture.  The study focuses on when and in what ways the textbooks mention popular culture and if the curriculum provides any supportive base for including popular culture in religious education. The textual analysis of the RE textbooks illustrates that popular culture is seldom mentioned in the books and rarely discussed or reflected upon. The most common instances of popular culture in the textbooks are small references outside of the main text. The authors of the textbooks have thus not integrated thorough discussion about popular culture but rather added in some popular cultured references where they thought it would fit in the texts. With regard to the national curriculum for Religious Education, there is some recognition of how to use and discuss popular culture and its importance for students is acknowledged. However, this recognition is only explained in the comments to the curriculum and not in the document itself.   The apparent lack of popular culture in RE textbooks is in this study discussed from the perspective of power relations and popular culture perceived as a culture form with low status. As historians have asserted, cultural forms that have historically been called and perceived as low culture have also been used as objects for the exercise of power. While popular culture today has taken over functions that traditionally belong to the established religions, and while in some cases popular culture can be perceived as a form of religion, popular culture is still commonly viewed as a lower form of culture for the masses and consequently a cultural form with lower status.  This exercise of power has usually been downward in the social hierarchy, from middle class towards working class, to today’s groups of adults towards youth. It may be this trend that emerges when this study shows the lack of popular culture in RE textbooks. It is adults who write the curriculum, it is adults who write the textbooks and it is adults who teach in schools. Popular culture is said to belong to the young and therefore it does not have sufficiently high status to be brought in to the classroom. 

  • 28.
    Angelsmark, Erika
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Oförglömliga karaktärer: En analys av karaktärsskildringar i fornnordiska myter och filmer om superhjältar2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    By conducting a text analysis this study analyzes possible similarities in the portrayal of story characters between historical Norse myths and contemporary film productions. The chosen historical texts are two stories from Norse mythology which render a myth about Thor and a giant named Hrunge as well as the myth Trymskvädet. The selected movies are two of the comic company Marvel’s productions about super heroes – Thor and The Avengers. Different categories that this study compares are how the characters are defined by their possessions or artefacts, the actions and the choices which the characters make, and also how their relations, roles and origins are being portrayed. As the result of study shows, there are some similarities between the historical texts and the movies with regard to how the stories portray the characters.

         According to cognitive theories, a story becomes more memorable if there is a balance between what readers intuitively expect and does not expect from the story while it unfolds in texts or multimedia productions. The reason for these similarities between textual and visual material created in different times may not only be that historical texts serve as the inspirational base for contemporary productions, but also relates to how myths have some unforgettable characters by striking a balance between intuitiveness and counter-intuitiveness features, and that the movies use character portrayals with a similar balance between the features.

  • 29.
    Aronsson, Peter
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Framing uses of the past: Nations, academia and museums conjuring history2012In: Rethinking the space for religion: New actors in Central and Southeast Europe on religion, authenticity and belonging / [ed] Raudvere, Catharina Stala, Krzysztof Willert, Trine Stauning, (eds.), Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2012, p. 285-312Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Aronsson, Peter
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Kulturarvens kraft2016In: Kultur som motstånd och motkraft: Kristen humanism 2016 / [ed] Gun Andersson, Järvsö: Förbundet Kristen humanism , 2016, Vol. 77, no 1, p. 75-79Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 31.
    Arvidsson, Eric
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Judge not, that ye be not judged: En kvantitativ, retorikanalys av Westboro Baptist Church syn på människan i egenpublicerat material2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this exam paper I seek a deeper understanding of how the Westboro Baptist Church views human life and how the Westboro Baptist Church tries to convince the world through their rhetoric. The paper is based on open letters by the church which have been published on their website. In the letters Westboro Baptist Church write about, what they think, are the most sinful parts of a human’s life, and they give guidelines as to how people should correct their habits and live a good Christian life. These letters of correction are sent out to people in the social arena, both big and small.

    The goal of the paper is to give a deeper understanding of how Westboro Baptist Church can keep their congregation alive through its rhetoric, and survive when the whole world is against them. With the help of Peter Berger’s theory of nomos and the three basic focal points of classical rhetorical analysis, this exam aims to give a better picture of how a closely knit group can remain functional when the whole world hates them.

  • 32.
    Arvidsson, Frida
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Nyreformationens otroshjälte och Jesus: Om bakgrunden till, jesusbilden i och framgången för ”Bibelns lära om Kristus”, författad av Viktor Rydberg 18622017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This essay aims to investigate the contemporary context in which Bibelns lära om Kristus, authored by Viktor Rydberg in 1862, was written and received. By claiming the human nature of Christ, he evoked massive response. By performing a literal study, I have examined the 19th century society in Sweden; infrastructural alteration, the origin and spread of popular movements such as revivalism, liberalism and Enlightenment, to inquire in what way (if at all) Rydberg is to be considered influenced by their conceptions. The essay emanates from the assumption that the Lutheran reformation in the late 19th century experienced a revival in Sweden. This revival is to be called the new reformation. In my result and reflection, I have come to the conclusion that Viktor Rydberg did not in fact criticize his contemporary church to annihilate it. He was, apart from inspired by the liberal thought of individual, religious and political freedom, simply trying to alter it. The cause for his success is in this essay claimed to be three: the fact that he was the “perfect combination” of radical theology and political liberalism; that he played the role as a spiritual guide; and finally, that he, in the light of his earlier authorship, was by the Swedish nation perceived as a trustworthy authority.

  • 33.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Ariska idoler: Den indoeuropeiska mytologin som ideologi och vetenskap2000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    By using ancient texts, medieval documents, philological observations, and archaeological artifacts, scholars have reconstructed a prehistorical world and religion. The people who upheld this culture have been named, inter alia, "Indo-Europeans", "Aryans", "Japhetites" and "Wiros". Yet, these people have not left any texts, no artifacts can with certainty be ascribed to them, nor do we know any individual "Indo-European" by name. Despite this, scholars have, with help from daring historical, linguistic and archaeological reconstructions, persistently tried to reach the ancient Indo-Europeans in hopes of finding the foundations for their own culture and religion. The main hypothesis of this thesis is that these pre-historical peoples have not occupied modern man because they were important as historical agents, but because they were, with the words of Claude Lévi-Strauss, "good to think". The interest in "the Indo-Europeans", "the Aryans" and their "Others" — which latter group has at times been described as Jews, Savages, Orientals, Aristocrats, priests, matriarchal farmers, martial pastoralists, French liberals, and/or German nationalists — was (and still is) motivated by a wish to construct alternatives to those identities given by tradition. The study of the Indo-Europeans, their culture and religion, has been a way to produce new concepts, new identities and thus an alternative future. Chapter 1 describes how the concept of an Indo-European entity evolved during the 18th and 19th centuries out of speculations on the identity of different people mentioned in the Bible, out of the discovery of similarities between Indic and European languages, and out of romantic ideas about race and Volk. Chapter 2 deals with the first paradigm in the Indo-European studies, the Nature-Mythological school, and its relationship to Christianity, anti-Semitism and liberal-bourgeois mentality. Chapter 3 discusses the "primitivization" of the "Indo-Europeans" that developt at the end of the 19th century due to nationalism and vitalistic philosophy. Chapter 4 analyses the relationship between the study of Indo-Germanic or Aryan religion in the Third Reich and Nazi ideology. Chapter 5 treats theories that were created as alternative to Nazi scholarship by fascist, Catholic scholars. That chapter also deals with the developments in the study of Indo-European religion and culture during the last half of the 20th century

  • 34.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lund University.
    Aryan Idols: Indo-European mythology as ideology and science2006Book (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lunds universitet.
    Aryan Mythology as Science and Ideology1999In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion, ISSN 0002-7189, E-ISSN 1477-4585, Vol. 67, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lunds universitet.
    Berättelsen om arierna2001In: RIT Religionsvetenskaplig InternetTidskrift, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 37.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Blood-Suckers!: the concepts revisionist and anti-revisionist mythology introduced by the vampire- and werewolf-tetralogy Underworld (2003-2012)2014In: Journal of Religion and Film, ISSN 1092-1311, E-ISSN 1092-1311, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 9-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    By undertaking a structuralist influenced analysis of the vampire- and werewolf-tetralogy Underworld the author argues for the usefulness of the concept “revisionist mythology” and “anti-revisionist mythology” in the study of the history of religion in general and in the study of popular mythology in specific. These concepts point to dramaturgical, but also ethical and ideological, changes within the world of commercial pop-mythological artefacts. The article focuses on certain aesthetic aspects of the tetralogy that unveil counter-cultural traits that might be labelled socialist. The article ends with speculations about the causes for the strong revisionistic and anti-revisionistic trends that are taking place in contemporary, popular mythological subcultures.

  • 38.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Book review: Wilderness in Mythology and Religion: Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas of Wild Nature, written by Feldt, Laura2015In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, ISSN 0943-3058, E-ISSN 1570-0682, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 293-298Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Debatt: Den humanistiska religionsforskningens kulturrelevans2014Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 40.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Debatten om IS. Religion måste ses i dess historiska sammanhang2016In: Dagen Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, Vol. 15 janArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lunds universitet.
    Den ariska mytologin som politik och vetenskap1998In: Röster: Religions antropologiska perspektiv / [ed] Catharina Raudvere och Leif Stenberg, Eslöv: B. Östlings bokförl. Symposion , 1998Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.
    Draksjukan: Mytiska fantasier hos Tolkien, Wagner och de Vries2007Book (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Editorial note: Locating the humanistic within the study of religions2015In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 51, no 2, p. 155-159Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.
    Germania: Noen hovedlinjer i forskningen om fortidens germanere2009In: Jakten på Germania: Fra nordensvermeri til SS-arkeologi / [ed] Jorunn Sem Fure och Terje Emberland, Oslo: Humanist , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Greed and the nature of evil: Tolkien versus Wagner2010In: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, ISSN 1703-289X, E-ISSN 1703-289X, Vol. 22, no 2, p. Article ID: 7-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Scholars studying J.R.R. Tolkien have often chosen to ignore the influence of Richard Wagner on Tolkien’s opus. This article starts out with showing how profound this influence was and continues by analysing Tolkien’s and Wagner’s common interest in the Old Norse Mythology of the Vikings. Examining the recently published The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, the author penetrates and compares the importante themes of greed and evilness in these books and in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. The author takes up for discussion the radically different politic views of the two artists and indicates how this is important for their respective view of power and greed.

  • 46.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lunds universitet.
    Gud är en pseudonym2004In: Med Gudomlig auktoritet: Om religionens kraft i politiken / [ed] Catharina Raudvere och Olav Hammer, Göteborg: Makadam förlag , 2004Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
    Humanistisk religionsforskning: En otydlig tradition belyst av "Arbetets riddare"2013In: Chaos: skandinavisk tidsskrift for religionshistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 2, no 60, p. 9-41Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The humanistic tradition within the study of regligions has currently lost much of its identity. It could be argued that it is in fact about to be devoured by approaches taken over from the social and antural sciences. By discussing some features that through the last 150 years have been seen as a typical for a humanistic methodology, and a couple of more idiosyncratic features, the author aims to initiate a discussion whether a humanistic study of religion is obsolete, or if it still is something wort preserving and developing. The arguments are supported by examples taken from the 19th century American Christian-socialist fraternity The Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor.

  • 48.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Lunds universitet.
    I skuggan av kors och hakkors: Om Wilhelm Schmidts, Wilhelm Koppers och Marija Gimbutas teorier om ’indogermansk’ religion och kultur2001In: Myter om det nordiska: Mellan romantik och politik / [ed] Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert och Catharina Raudvere, Lund: Nordic Academic Press , 2001Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Inledning2010In: Människor och makter 2.0: En introduktion till religionsvetenskap / [ed] Jonas Svensson och Stefan Arvidsson, Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad , 2010, p. 9-17Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Arvidsson, Stefan
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
    Jämförande religionshistoria2010In: Människor och makter 2.0: En introduktion till religionsvetenskap / [ed] Jonas Svensson och Stefan Arvidsson, Halmstad: Högskolan i Halmstad , 2010, p. 42-50Chapter in book (Other academic)
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