Conservative Protestant Politics

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

bySteve Bruce

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This timely new study examines the place and nature of religion in industrial societies through a comparative analysis of conservative Protestant politics in a variety of 'first world' societies. Rejecting the popular, but misleading, grouping of diverse movements under the heading of'fundamentalism', Bruce presents a series of detailed case studies of the Christian Right in the United States, Protestant unionism in Northen Ireland, anti-Catholicism in Scotland, Afrikaner politics in South Africa, and Empire Loyalism in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. He proceeds to examinethe constraints that culturally diverse societies place on those who wish to promote political agendas based on religious ideas or on religiously informed ethnic identities.

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This timely new study examines the place and nature of religion in industrial societies through a comparative analysis of conservative Protestant politics in a variety of 'first world' societies. Rejecting the popular, but misleading, grouping of diverse movements under the heading of'fundamentalism', Bruce presents a series of detail...

Steve Bruce is a Professor of Sociology at University of Aberdeen.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198293925

ISBN - 13:9780198293927

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Table of Contents

1. Modernization and Conservative Protestant Politics2. Ulster and South Africa3. Religion and Ethnicity in Ulster Unionism4. Secularization and Toleration in Scotland5. The Christian Right in the USA6. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand7. Conclusion

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`Steve Bruce has written a compelling account of an important phenonmenon. Bruce's willingness to employ unpopular frameworks like modernisation and secularisation theory, and his impressive grasp of the comparative history of Protestant ethnic decline make this book worthwhile reading forscholars of nationalism ... a work which is engaging, relevant, well-argued and is highly recommended by this reviewer.'Eric Kaufman, Nations and Nationalism, 5:4 1999