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”I don’t believe the meaning of life is all that profound”: A study of Icelandic teenagers’ life interpretation and values
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Education in Humanities and Social Sciences.
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What do teenagers recount about themselves and their interpretation of life and values, and what characterises individual teenagers’ perceptions and statements? What is the relation between teenagers’ life interpretation and values and social circumstances? What challenges to school religious education do the teenagers’ perceptions and statements represent? These questions are central to the study Icelandic Teenagers’ Life Interpretation and Values.

The purpose of the study was to investigate some central elements in teenagers’ life interpretation so as to discuss the results in terms of social circumstances in Iceland and of school religious education. The background is that Icelandic society, having been relatively homogeneous, has changed during the past few years with increased plurality.

The material the study was based on consists of interviews with Icelandic teenagers. In four articles included in the thesis different parts of the material collected are interpreted using a hermeneutic approach. The main result showed that the teenagers were in a field of tension between homogeneity and plurality on the one hand and security and insecurity on the other. The main trends in the material indicate a common reference framework at the same time as plurality emerges in the teenager’s verbal expressions; and while most spoke of their happiness and security, there was also awareness of the risk and threat that can transform the situation.

The material exhibited greater variation within each school than between schools. This suggests the effect of plurality on the younger generation in Iceland. Given this variation among individuals it is urgent to find an approach to religious education that takes greater account of the different pupils’ backgrounds, personal experience and existential questions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Pedagogiska institutionen , 2008. , 192 p.
Keyword [en]
life interpretation, life philosophy, existential questions, values, teenagers, homogeneity, plurality, security, insecurity, religious education.
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8144ISBN: 978-91-633-3092-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8144DiVA: diva2:199686
Public defence
2008-10-03, Dahlströmsalen, Campus Konradsberg, hus D, Rålambsvägen 26 D, Stockholm, 10:00
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Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-11Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. A Need for Security and Trust: Life Interpretation and values among Icelandic teenagers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Need for Security and Trust: Life Interpretation and values among Icelandic teenagers
2006 In: Nordic Perspectives on Religion Spirituality and Identity: Yearbook 2006 of the Department of Practical Theology, University of Helsinki., 2006, 271-284 p.Chapter in book (Other academic) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25420 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8144Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-11Bibliographically approved
2. Life interpretation and religion among Icelandic teenagers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Life interpretation and religion among Icelandic teenagers
2009 (English)In: British Journal of Religious Education, ISSN 0141-6200, E-ISSN 1740-7931, Vol. 31, no 1, 3-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Does religion play any specific part in Icelandic teenagers' life interpretation? This paper examines Icelandic teenagers' talk about religion and presents some of the findings in interviews with teenagers in a qualitative research project. The focus is especially on how three individuals express themselves about the influence of religion on their lives and why they do so. The aim is to explore some important aspects of the life interpretation of Icelandic teenagers with special attention to religion.

Keyword
life interpretation; religion; religious beliefs and activity; teenagers
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25421 (URN)10.1080/01416200802559924 (DOI)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8144Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
3. ‘To be honest and truthful’: Central values in the life interpretation among Icelandic teenagers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘To be honest and truthful’: Central values in the life interpretation among Icelandic teenagers
In: Religious education and diversity – Nordic perspectivesChapter in book (Other academic) Accepted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25422 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8144Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-11Bibliographically approved
4. ‘You try to be cheerful but sometimes you fail’: Adversity, sorrow and death in life interpretation among Icelandic teenagers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘You try to be cheerful but sometimes you fail’: Adversity, sorrow and death in life interpretation among Icelandic teenagers
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25423 (URN)
Available from: 2008-09-11 Created: 2008-09-11 Last updated: 2013-07-09Bibliographically approved

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