Holy Nations and Global Identities: Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Globalisation

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Annika Hvithamar, Margit Warburg, Brian Arly Jacobsen
BRILL, 2009 - Social Science - 307 pages
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Along with the processes of globalisation and the end of the cold war we have seen an upsurge in religious nationalism and an increasing focus on the role of religion as a legitimising force in democratic secular states. Holy Nations & Global Identities draws on the combined theoretical and historical insight of historians, political scientists and social scientists on the question of nationalism and globalisation with the methodological knowledge of religion presented by sociologists of religion. The book brings genuine theoretical explorations and original case studies on civil religion, nationalism and globalization. It also provides an introduction to the research history of the fields and aims to develop and elaborate on the theories and methodology of the investigated subjects.
 

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Contents

Introducing Civil Religion Nationalism and Globalisation
1
PART I
10
Chapter One Hierarchy and Covenant in the Formation
21
Chapter Two Durkheims Political Sociology Civil Religion
47
Chapter Three American Civil Religion as StateMythology
79
Chapter Four Nationalism and Civil Religion What is
99
The Case of Japanese
121
Religious Continuity
137
Chapter Seven Civil Religion in the Danish Parliament
159
Chapter Eight Scandinavian Folk Churches Chauvinism
183
Chapter Nine Civil Religion in an Age of Changing Churches
199
Varieties of Religious
235
Chapter Twelve Nationalism as Civil Religion and Rituals
253
Contributors
295
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Annika Hvithamar, Ph. D in Sociology of Religion is associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has published in the area of contemporary Christianity including Recent Releases (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008), co-edited with Geert Hallb ck. Margit Warburg, Dr. Phil in Sociology of Religion and Professor at the University of Copenhagen. She has published extensively in the area of civil religion, migration and religion, globalisation, and new religions. Her publications include Citizens of the World. A History and Sociology of the Baha is from a Globalisation Perspective (Brill, 2006). Brian Arly Jacobsen, Ph. D in Sociology of Religion is research assistant at the University of Copenhagen. His area of research is mainly in the area of religion and politics and religious minority groups in Denmark. His publications include T rre tal om troen. Religionsdemografi i det 21. rhundrede [Dry numbers on faith. Demography of Religion in the 21st Century] (Univers, 2007), co-edited with Margit Warburg.

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