Creating Community Cohesion: Religion, Media and Multiculturalism

Hardcover | September 27, 2013

byD. Herbert

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Since the turn of the millennium, European societies have been shaken by the re-emergence of religion as a contested factor in public life. Using approaches from sociology, media and religious studies, David Herbert compares recent public controversies involving or implicating religion in the UK (England and Northern Ireland), the Netherlands and France. Has there been a return of public religion? Is self-segregation the cause of community tensions and what is the role of the media in shaping public attitudes to religion? He argues that the declining importance of religion for the majority of European,s compared with its ongoing and adapting importance for some from minority and immigrant populations, calls for careful policy responses. Religion can and already has been exploited to produce social polarization, especially in the presence of negative and stereotyped media representations.

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Since the turn of the millennium, European societies have been shaken by the re-emergence of religion as a contested factor in public life. Using approaches from sociology, media and religious studies, David Herbert compares recent public controversies involving or implicating religion in the UK (England and Northern Ireland), the Neth...

David Herbert is Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Adger, Norway. He is author of Religion and Civil Society (2003), Islam in the West: the politics of co-existence (2007) and co-editor of Social Media and the Sacred (forthcoming).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230236456

ISBN - 13:9780230236455

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Table of Contents

1. Troubled Multiculturalisms and Disrupted Secularities: Religion and Social Integration 'Crises' in North Western Europe in Comparative Perspective
2. 'Community Cohesion' and English Disruptions of the Multicultural Peace: The Northern Riots, White 'Backlash' and the 'Evocation of a Faith Sector'
3. Paradise Lost? The Collapse of Dutch Multiculturalism and the Birth of Islamophobic post-Liberalism
4. Religion and Social Integration in France
5. Northern Ireland: Sectarianism, Civil Society and Democratic Deepening
Conclusion: Religion and Social Integration 'Crises' in North Western Europe