© 2012 – Routledge
198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
This important new volume seeks to provide significant contribution to our understanding of religion and politics, demonstrating through comparisons with other countries the unusually complex nature of the interaction of religion and politics in the United Kingdom.
Bruce provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the field, covering key topics including:
This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of religion, politics and religious sociology.
"This is a book well worth reading. It offers robust analysis suggesting that claims of religious resurgence have more to do with 'academic novelty-seeking' than the realities of secular Britain." - John Anderson, LSE Review of Books, July 2012
1. British Gods 2. The Politics of Religion 3. Religion and Violence in Northern Ireland 4. Sectarianism in Modern Scotland 5. Did Protestantism Create Democracy? 6. Methodism and Socialism 7. Opportunity Structures and Culture Wars 8. Christian Parties 9. Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus in British Politics 10. The Public Place of Religion
This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).
The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.
Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.
In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.