Questions Concerning Religious Conceptions and Church Customs

Abstract:

When this study began in the 1940s the researchers set out with the view that a formerly more or less universal Swedish unitary ecclesiastic culture was in the process of dissolving. The socio-economic changes of the early 19th century were believed to have led to religious conceptions differentiating and customs not being taken for granted any more. The scientists held that only small parts remained of an earlier natural and unitary ecclesiastic culture. Based on this view the researchers conducted an extensive project to gather information about those remains of this earlier church life that were still to be found, in the same way that general ethnography conducted research on customs in other areas of life. The researchers were of the opinion that earlier research had ignored the spiritual side of folk life and that this was problematic since it missed an important part of the daily life and ways of thinking of the population that were deeply rooted in Christianity.

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Purpose:

To document those ecclesiastic customs and practices which at the time when the study was conducted were considered to be the dwindling left-overs of a former "ecclesiastic unitary culture".

Abstract:

When this study began in the 1940s the researchers set out with the view that a formerly more or less universal Swedish unitary ecclesiastic culture was in the process of dissolving. The socio-economic changes of the early 19th century were believed to have led to religious conceptions differentiating and customs not being taken for granted any more. The scientists held that only small parts remained of an earlier natural and unitary ecclesiastic culture. Based on this view the researchers conducted an extensive project to gather information about those remains of this earlier church life that were still to be found, in the same way that general ethnography conducted research on customs in other areas of life. The researchers were of the opinion that earlier research had ignored the spiritual side of folk life and that this was problematic since it missed an important part of the daily life and ways of thinking of the population that were deeply rooted in Christianity.

Time period(s) investigated:

1942 — 1984

Geographic location:

Geographic description:

The study covers Sweden's 13 dioceses.

Lowest geographic unit:

Parish

Highest geographic unit:

Country

Unit of analysis:

Universe/Population:

Persons born between 1820 and 1935 from all parts of Sweden

Kind of data format:

Text

Publications

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Fredriksson, U. (2010). Att kultivera ett folk ; att leda det i rätt riktning; att stå emot. 2-year Master Thesis. Malmö: Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen.
Malmö University Electronic Publishing

Bringéus, N-A. (1995). Hilding Pleijels frågelista "Kyrklig folklivsforskning". In: Hilding Pleijel symposium (1995). Hilding Pleijel symposium: 19 oktober 1893-19 oktober 1993 : ett hundraårsjubileum. Lund: Lund Univ. Press, p. 13-28.
Libris

Pleijel, H. (1942). Kyrklig folklivsforskning : frågelista, 1. Meddelanden från Kyrkohistoriska arkivet i Lund. Lund.
Libris

Gustavsson, A. (1972). Kyrktagningsseden i Sverige. Diss. Lund: Lund University.
Libris

Gustavsson, A. (1975). En källkritisk granskning av folklivsuppteckningar. Lund: Gleerupska univ.-bokh.
Libris

Larsson, A. (2009). "Gå i frid och synda icke härefter". En undersökning om gifta och ogifta kvinnors barnafödande under 1800-talet. Bachelor Thesis. Högskolan i Kristianstad, Enheten för lärarutbildning.
DiVa

Bringéus, N.-A. (2004). Frågelistorna och den kyrkliga seden. I,: Arkiv, fakultet, kyrka: festskrift till Ingmar Brohed, p. 413-422.
Libris

If you have published anything based on this study, please send a notification with a reference to your publication(s) to snd@snd.gu.se.

Version 1.0:

2014-03-25 doi:10.5878/001677

Questions concerning religious conceptions and church customs

Citation:

Lund University, Lund University Church History Archive (2014). Questions concerning religious conceptions and church customs. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001677

Description:

About 5.600 text files containing free-text answers to the questions of the study from respondents from all parts of Sweden. The files are sorted according to diocese and parish. Also included is an accessions register in spreadsheet format. NOTE! The text files are encoded as UTF-8. If the Swedish characters å, ä and ö are not displayed properly you need to change the program's settings to UTF-8.

Time period(s) investigated:

1942 — 1984

Languages:

Questionnaire: Swedish
Data: Swedish