The disciplinary ambivalence of Scandinavian Sociology of Religion
Åbo Akademi University Department of Sociology Åbo, Finland
The paper will discuss the vulnerable status of the sociology of Religion in the Scandinavian countries. In 2009 one of the most successful units for Nordic sociology of religion was suddenly closed at the University of Lund, where it had been operating in close connection with the Theological disciplines. The paper will give an oversight over the institutional development and main theoretical orientation of the development in all five countries (Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland) and draw conclusions about the impact gradual isolation of sociology of religion from general sociology and of the institutional - and thematic - attachment to theology and the National Lutheran churches that took place in the latter part of the 20th century.