Contextualising dialogue, secularisation and pluralism

Martin UbaniInkeri RissanenSaila Poulter (Editor)

Contextualising dialogue, secularisation and pluralism

Religion in Finnish public education

2019,  Religious Diversity and Education in Europe,  Band 40,  230  pages,  paperback,  37,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-4014-2

With contributions by
Kristiina HolmArto KallioniemiAnuleena KimanenElina KuusistoPia-Maria NiemiSaila PoulterInkeri RissanenTuula SakaranahoMartin UbaniHarriet ZilliacusVesa Åhs

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"Dialogue", "secularisation" and "pluralism" have been key concepts in international discussions concerning religion, public space and education for the past decades. Due to increasingly intense intercultural and transnational movements, national educational systems face new challenges in negotiating with the multitude of civic identities and memberships, those being also related to religions and worldviews.

The purpose of this volume is to enrich and complement the discussion concerning religion in education by contextualising the respective phenomena in the current Finnish educational policy and practice, as well as by drawing together empirical and theoretical observations from several case analyses. Even though international comparative studies are integral for the development of knowledge on religion and education, this localised approach concentrating on the Finnish education system provides an interesting case for the analysis in many ways: The Finnish society is rather slowly becoming diverse and plural, whereas the processes of secularisation have recently been quite rapid. The volume at hand discusses how these changes of secularisation and pluralisation in a religious landscape create new conditions for understanding educational dialogue amidst diversity.