Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

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dc.contributor.author Hellqvist, Elina
dc.contributor.author Vähäkangas, Auli
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-26T14:35:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-26T14:35:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-06
dc.identifier.citation Hellqvist , E & Vähäkangas , A 2018 , ' Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland ' , Exchange , vol. 47 , no. 3 , pp. 258-281 . https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341489
dc.identifier.other PURE: 105175554
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000438334700004
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-1684-2216/work/54787874
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299525
dc.description.abstract The article discusses the recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF). The main focus is on the experiences of recognition and misrecognition of same-sex couples when the couples have asked for a prayer on behalf of their registered partnership. The findings of this study confirm that the researched experiences of recognition have two dimensions, vertical and horizontal. Vertical recognition deals with institutional recognition and experiences with the sacred. Horizontal recognition entails experiences of interpersonal recognition. Narrated experiences often contained both horizontal and vertical dimensions of (mis)recognition. Recognition is a social phenomenon. Participants of the study had two distinct social contexts for recognition. One is the more loosely defined “rainbow community”, the other the formally authoritative, institutional ELCF. Most of the interviewees had positive experiences of recognition from the informal community but mainly negative experiences of misrecognition from the institutional ELCF. The difficult balancing between the conviction of the equal human dignity of each individual and the understanding of marriage as a social category for heterosexuals only led to same-sex couples’ experience of not being treated as equal members of the church. The study affirmed the importance of experiences and feelings as indicators in identifying a valid struggle for recognition. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Exchange
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 614 Theology
dc.title Experiences of (mis)recognition of same-sex partnerships in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Practical Theology
dc.contributor.organization Faculty of Theology
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341489
dc.relation.issn 0166-2740
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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