Conformity and resistance in personalized same-sex prayer rituals in Finland

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Vähäkangas , A M 2019 , ' Conformity and resistance in personalized same-sex prayer rituals in Finland ' , Theology and Sexuality , vol. 25 , no. 1-2 , pp. 81-97 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13558358.2019.1594009

Title: Conformity and resistance in personalized same-sex prayer rituals in Finland
Author: Vähäkangas, Auli Maria
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2019-05-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Theology and Sexuality
ISSN: 1355-8358
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319795
Abstract: This article studies the experiences of same-sex couples in connection with a prayer ritual conducted over their registered partnerships and focuses on the pre-legal context of same-sex marriage in Finland. The aim is to analyze conformity and resistance in the participants' understanding of personalized ritual through Grimes's categories of language, space, time, and actors. The findings reveal that most of the rituals had both elements of resistance that were understood as following a same-sex culture and of conformity with heterosexual nuptial traditions. Double affiliation with Christian and gay culture produces complex forms of conformity and resistance. Personalization of the religious rituals was more important to the participants of the study than following heterosexual traditions.
Subject: 614 Theology
Same-sex partnership
ritual
Finland
resistance
conformity
personalization
MARRIAGE
RITES
GAY
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