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After Secularism
Rethinking Religion in Global Politics
 
 
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22 Nov 2011
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Recent critiques have challenged the dominance of secularism in International Relations and public policy discourses – but what comes next? Having destabilized prominent assumptions about the nature of religion, it becomes vital to develop new ways of thinking about this ever-present phenomenon in global politics. Erin Wilson outlines a new approach to understanding religion in the West and globally and shows how secularism has limited our perceptions of religion's relationship with politics and the nature of religion itself. Combining insights from theology with reflectivist International Relations theories and methods, she draws out religious themes, narratives, images and rhetoric that are implicit in the collective subconscious of the West – ideas that have become so culturally embedded that they are seen as 'normal' and 'natural' – and examines how these assumptions impact on everyday political discourse and policy justification in the USA.


Description

Recent critiques have challenged the dominance of secularism in International Relations and public policy discourses – but what comes next? Having destabilized prominent assumptions about the nature of religion, it becomes vital to develop new ways of thinking about this ever-present phenomenon in global politics. Erin Wilson outlines a new approach to understanding religion in the West and globally and shows how secularism has limited our perceptions of religion's relationship with politics and the nature of religion itself. Combining insights from theology with reflectivist International Relations theories and methods, she draws out religious themes, narratives, images and rhetoric that are implicit in the collective subconscious of the West – ideas that have become so culturally embedded that they are seen as 'normal' and 'natural' – and examines how these assumptions impact on everyday political discourse and policy justification in the USA.


Reviews

"Perhaps the signature achievement of After Secularism is that these theoretical insights are operationalised via a reading of US domestic politics and foreign policy to show the full constitutive effect of religion at play in the formation of the American
polity. This is no small achievement, and the clarity and insight offered in a brilliant chapter on religion and US politics (pp. 147-79) is a must-read for scholars, policy-makers and students alike. Of equal importance, Wilson's model is clearly transferable and promises high impact in IR by aiding and equipping researchers to understand the constitutive agencies of religion in multiple political contexts."
- Australian Journal of Political Science
 
"The case made in this volume - that secularism limits perceptions of the relationship of religion with politics and the nature of religion itself - is an important one [and] the procedure of sketching an alternate approach to analyzing religion's role in world affairs is carried out in a judicious way.'
- Journal of Church and State


Contents

Introduction
Subordinating Religion: The Logic of Secularism in International Relations Theory
Essentializing Religion: Institutional, Individual and Irrational
After Secularism: Relational Dialogism as an Alternative
Articulating Religion: Religion, Discourse and Identity in US Politics
Revealing Religion: An Alternative Account of Religion and Politics
Conclusion


Authors

ERIN K. WILSON is the director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. She recently completed four years as Research Fellow in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT University, Australia. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. Dr Wilson's research focuses on religion and its intersection with various dimensions of political theory and practice, in particular global justice, migration, humanitarianism and globalization.