Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion: Volume 2: Religion and Politics

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Patrick Michel, Enzo Pace
BRILL, Aug 25, 2011 - Religion - 350 pages
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Over the past thirty years, religion has increasingly played a relevant role, both on a national level and in international affairs. The attempt made by politicians to reframe the policy of social cohesion in a neo-nationalist light (one land, one language, one religion = one political community), demising any kind of multiculturalism, facilitating instead a return to assimilation shaped by fear of the other (culture, religion, language, and so on), is very often associated with a restoration of the primacy of religious discourse in the public sphere. It is not just a return of religion in the public sphere, but the exploitation of religion by politics to reconstruct a social cohesion in the absence of ideological resources.
 

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Contents

RELIGION BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY
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RELIGION AND POLITICS BETWEEN COMMUNITARIANISM AND POLICY OF IDENTITY
195
List of Contributors
326

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About the author (2011)

Patrick Michel, sociologist and political scientist, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Former deputy scientific director of the Department of Human and Social Sciences at CNRS, he is the director of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs.
Enzo Pace is Professor of Sociology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Padova (Italy), where he chairs the Department of Sociology. He is Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and Past-President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR/SISR).
Contributors include: Peter Achterberg, Lubna Al-Kazi, Stef Aupers, Edward Bailey, Peter Beyer, Shun-hing Chan, Franco Garelli, Alessandra L. Gonz lez, Zhaohui George Hong, Dick Houtman, Christophe Jaffrelot, Willem de Koster, Mohammed Maarouf, Marion Maddox, Ricardo Mariano, Peter Mascini, Patrick Michel, Ari Pedro Oro, Enzo Pace, Johan Roeland, J rg Stolz, Elena Zapponi, and Jeroen van der Waal.

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