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Johanna Andersson

PhD Student

Johanna Andersson
PhD Student

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Johanna Andersson

In my thesis, I will examine constructions of masculinities in the debate concerning the ordination of women in the Church of Sweden to understand why the male sex is perceived as a decisive factor in order to hold the ministry.

The background is the debate during the 20th century in the Church of Sweden where various arguments against the ordination of women have been put forward. The arguments have varied at different periods and among different groups who have opposed the reform. While this debate was ongoing, there was a concern about the feminization of Christianity in Europe. Women began to dominate the worshiping congregations and voluntary activities, and religion was perceived more and more as something that belonged to the private and thus the female sphere. Consequently, traditional Christian ideals came to be seen as female. In Sweden, at times, there was also a concern about a shortage of priests.

Examples of problems discussed in the thesis are: the ideal of priestly masculinity expressed in the debate; how the boundaries with women and femininity are constructed; from which discourses the arguments are collected; and if the attempts to preserve the ministry as exclusively male can be viewed as part of efforts to masculinize/re-masculinize the Christian faith and the Church of Sweden.

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