Religion and National Identities in an Enlarged Europe

Hardcover | June 10, 2015

EditorWillfried Spohn, Matthias Koenig, Wolfgang Knöbl

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This volume analyzes the changing relationships between religion and national identity in the course of European integration. Presenting results from cross-national comparative research on elite discourse, media debates and public opinions in Germany, Poland, Greece and Turkey from 1990-2010, it examines how accelerated European integration and Eastern enlargement have affected religious markers of collective identity.

Critically engaging with secularist assumptions in the social scientific literatures on nationalism and European integration, the collection demonstrates that the Europeanization of collective identities does not necessarily imply reducing the salience of religion. Rather, the emergence of a European polity can prompt the reactive reaffirmation of religious nationalisms and lead to the re-embedding of religious components of collective identity within broader transnational frameworks. As the contributions in this book show, explaining such changing relationships between religion and national identity requires attention to long-standing civilizational traditions, short-term dynamics of symbolic boundary-making as well as institutional trajectories of state-church-relations.

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This volume analyzes the changing relationships between religion and national identity in the course of European integration. Presenting results from cross-national comparative research on elite discourse, media debates and public opinions in Germany, Poland, Greece and Turkey from 1990-2010, it examines how accelerated European integr...

Willfried Spohn, a leading historical sociologist, was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at the Willy-Brandt-Center for German and European Studies (WBZ) at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.  Matthias Koenig is Professor of Sociology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Stud...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:June 10, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230390765

ISBN - 13:9780230390768

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Table of Contents

1. Religion, Nationalism and European Integration – Introduction; Matthias Koenig and Wolfgang Knöbl
2. The (Fragile) Normalization of German Identity within Europe; Willfried Spohn
3. Changing Frameworks of National Identity in Post-communist Poland; Mikolaj Lewicki and Slawomir Mandes
4. Greek Identity and Europe – Entanglements and Tensions; Effie Fokas and Evangelos Karagiannis
5. Turkey in Europe, Europe in Turkey – History, Elites, and the Media; Levent Soysal, Saime Özçürümez and Çagla Diner
6. Religious Dimensions of National and European Identities: Evidence from Cross-national Survey Research; Sabine Trittler, Slawomir Mandes and Matthias Koenig
7. Varieties of Religious Nationalism; Matthias Koenig and Wolfgang Knöbl