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Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies

The Religion of Law

Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging

Authors: Jivraj, S.

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How is religion, particularly non-Christianness, conceptualised and represented in English law? What is the relationship between religion, race, ethnicity and culture in these conceptualisations? What might be the socio-political effects of conceptualising religion in particular ways? This book addresses these key questions in two areas of law relating to children.

The first case study focuses on child welfare cases and reveals how the boundaries between race and theological notions of religion as belief and practice are blurred. Non-Christians are also often perceived as uncivilized but also, at times, racial otherness can be erased and assimilated. The second examines religion in education and the increasing focus on 'common values'. It demonstrates how non-Christian faith schools are deemed as in need of regulation, while Christian schools are the benchmark of good citizenship. In addition, values discourse and citizenship education provide a means to 'de-racialise' non-Christian children in the ongoing construction of the nation.

Central to this analysis is a focus on religion as a socio-political, contingent, fluid and invented concept.

About the authors

Suhraiya Jivraj is a Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK.

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"This is a landmark book, offering the first in-depth analysis of the discourse around 'religion' in modern English family law, and providing unique insight into the way English law struggles with understanding religious commitment and taking religion seriously in decisions about children. It reveals how judges mix up religion, race and ethnicity with sometimes quite surprising results. A must read." – Søren Holm, Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, University of Manchester, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jivraj, Suhraiya

    Pages 1-16

  • Conceptualizing Law’s Religion: Socio-Legal Perspectives

    Jivraj, Suhraiya

    Pages 17-28

  • Interrogating Law’s Religion: Critical Perspectives

    Jivraj, Suhraiya

    Pages 29-52

  • Non-Christianness in Adoption and Child Welfare Cases: Prioritizing Racialized Religion

    Jivraj, Suhraiya

    Pages 53-81

  • Orientalism, Belonging and Nationhood

    Jivraj, Suhraiya

    Pages 82-101

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eBook $43.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $45.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57431-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Religion of Law
Book Subtitle
Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02928-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137029287
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02927-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-57431-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 195
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