Saving the people: how populists hijack religion

Western democracies are experiencing a new wave of right-wing populism that seeks to mobilize religion for its own ends. With chapters on the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Israel, Saving the People asks how populist movements have used religion...

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Contributors: Marzouki, Nadia 1978- (Editor) ; McDonnell, Duncan 1972- (Editor) ; Roy, Olivier 1949- (Editor)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: New York, NY Oxford University Press [2016]
In:Year: 2016
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B USA / Europe / Populism / Religion / Political culture / Line of conflict
IxTheo Classification:AD Sociology of religion; religious policy
Further subjects:B Collection of essays
B Identification (religion)
B Populism Religious aspects
Online Access: Inhaltsverzeichnis (Verlag)
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Summary:Western democracies are experiencing a new wave of right-wing populism that seeks to mobilize religion for its own ends. With chapters on the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Israel, Saving the People asks how populist movements have used religion for their own ends and how Church leaders react to them. The authors contend that religion is more about belonging than belief for populists, with religious identities and traditions being deployed to define who can and cannot be part of "the people." This in turn helps many populists to claim that native Christian communities are being threatend by a creeping and highly aggressive process of Islamization, with Muslims becoming a key "enemy of the people." While Church elites generally condemn this instrumental use of religions, populists take little heed, presenting themselves as the true saviors of the people. The policy implications of this phenomenon are significant, which makes this book all the more timely and relevant to current debate
Item Description:Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 247-273
ISBN:0190639024