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Catholic Mediations in Southern Europe
The Invisible Politics of Religion

ISBN 9781138337466
Published November 25, 2018 by Routledge
312 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Investigating the role played by religious actors in sociopolitical issues as a manifestation of the invisible politics of religion, this book concentrates on the social economy, support to migrants, the fight against social exclusion and pacifist campaigns, where religious actors have played discreet but structuring roles.

In the European context, politico-religious matters have been reduced in two ways: first, a reduction of identity with religion being transformed into a heritage in the form of a minimal sense of belonging; and second, the media focus on the most fundamentalist currents within all religions. This book responds by proposing an alternative perspective with a focus on Southern European Catholicism and a comparison between Italian, Spanish and French subnational territories. In a period of polarized relations between religion and politics, there is a Catholic action repertoire which avoids this binary confrontation and which, in contrast, is characterized by its mediating dimension. The Catholic mediation repertoire receives little publicity and is expressed in a discreet but structuring way to address different public problems.

An important contribution to the literature, this book will interest scholars and upper-level students working on religion and politics, mediation and peace studies, local policy making and comparative approaches to Southern European society and politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chapter 1 - The politics of Catholic mediations: analytical framework. Chapter 2 - Norms, rules and practices: the cornerstones of a Catholic plural mediation. Chapter 3 - The entrepreneurial repertoire: between moralizing capitalism and solidarity alternatives. Chapter 4 - The repertoire of subsidiarity: The social and political work of Catholic actors in response to the economic crisis. Chapter 5 - The repertoire of hospitality: Catholic mobilizations and politicizations of the migration issue. Chapter 6 - The repertoire of peace: Catholic mediation and violent political conflict. Conclusion - The invisible politics of religion.

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Xabier Itçaina is a CNRS Research Director in political sociology at Sciences po Bordeaux (France), and director of the Centre Emile Durkheim (UMR5116 CNRS, Sciences Po Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux). He was a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University in Florence in 2012-2013. His research is concerned with three areas: Catholicism and politics in Southern Europe; social economy and territorial development in Southern Europe; the political anthropology of territorial identities.