Intersections between Biopolitics and Religion: Cases of Politicisation of Religion in Finland and Norway

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Lise Eriksson
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society
Volume number: 32
Issue number: 1
Start page: 40
End page: 54
eISSN: 1890-7008


This article comparatively studies intersections between biopolitics and religion in Finnish and Norwegian parliamentary debates on assisted reproductive technologies and biotechnology. In both countries, references to religion have been prevalent in policy processes and parliamentary debates on these issues, with Christian Democrats actively promoting bioethics. The article analyses references to religion and the role of national churches and Christian Democratic parties. It also discusses under what conditions religious positions influence political decisions and how these cases bring nuance to theories of politicisation of religion. Legal sources and parliamentary proceedings of plenary sessions are analysed through critical discourse analysis. The article suggests that reproductive politics has contributed to politicisation of religion in the Finnish and Norwegian parliaments, identifying blurred boundaries between public and private spheres and a discursive framework of values debates.


art history + twentieth century art + book review, assisted reproductive technologies, biopolitics, Norway, politicisation of religion


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