Religion, Ethnicity and Social Change

Religion, Ethnicity and Social Change

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Since the Cold War ended, ethnic conflict has broken out in many parts of the world. Attention has focused on the 'threat' posed to western secular values by religious fundamentalists involved in many of these struggles. But does this give us a fair picture? Is western-style mainstream religion immune from involvement in such conflicts? Fawcett argues that it is not and presents a comparative case-study of two situations in which mainstream Protestant churches have been involved in ethnic struggle. One denomination is the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The other is the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. Fawcett demonstrates the interdependent nature of the relationship between the religious and secular spheres during a period of rapid change in both territories. The book also investigates the powerful symbolism of civil religion, which encompasses the Protestant Orange Order and the Voortrekker imagery of Afrikaner more

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  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • United Kingdom
  • 0333983270
  • 9780333983270

Table of contents

List of Tables Foreword; Eileen Barker Acknowledgements Introduction Under Siege: A Brief History of Afrikaners and Ulster Presbyterians Setting the Scene: Afrikaners and Ulster Presbyterians in the Early 1990s Fear, Insecurity and Alienation Civil Religion: Symbolic Resources and Social Change The Church as Volkskerk: A Church of 'The People' or a Church For All? Church and Politics: The Interrelationship Between the Religious and Political Spheres The Church as 'Conciliator': The Difficult Task of Bridge-building Different Worlds: Rural/Urban and Social Class Divisions Conclusion Select Bibliography Indexshow more

About Liz Fawcett

LIZ FAWCETT is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Ulster. She was previously a reporter and correspondent with BBC, Northern more