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From ethnic nationalisms to clashing civilisations: (Un)civil religion in an era of globalization

Busher, Joel (2012) From ethnic nationalisms to clashing civilisations: (Un)civil religion in an era of globalization. Religion Compass, 6 (9). pp. 414-425. ISSN 1749-8171

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One of the main questions currently facing scholars of civil religion is how civil religions, and in particular national civil religions, are being reconfigured in response to the contemporary repositioning of the nation state within the supra-national political, economic, legal and cultural orders entailed by globalization. This article first surveys some of the main arguments to emerge from the civil religion literature in this regard. It then contributes to these debates by outlining how current reconfigurations of national civil religion manifest in the case of a protest movement called the English Defence League (EDL). Specifically, this article describes how rituals and symbols of national belonging have, at least for adherents and supporters of this group, been reinvigorated by infusing them with symbols that invoke notions of civilizational belonging and are replete with references to an imminent “clash of civilizations.”

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Religion Compass Volume 6, Issue 9, pages 414–425, September 2012, which has been published in final form at
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Academy for British and Irish Studies
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 15:02
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 20:35


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