Learning to be Norwegian

Lars Laird Iversen

Learning to be Norwegian

A case study of identity management in religious education in Norway

2012,  Religious Diversity and Education in Europe,  Band 21,  198  pages,  E-Book (PDF),  22,40 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-7647-9

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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.