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Culture, Religion, and American Political Life

Kenneth D. Wald and David C. Leege

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195326529.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Culture, Religion, and American Political Life

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This article studies the role of religion in American culture and political life. It uses the concept of culture in two different ways—traditionally and in the discipline of political science—before exploring culture and religion through an alternative framework. Culture is also considered as a source of norms and identities for behavior, and tries to determine how some subcultures are mobilized on behalf of political ends. The article concludes with some thoughts on future research directions in the study of religion, culture, and politics. The concept of American civil religion is discussed as well.

Keywords: religion; American culture; political life; norms; identities; behavior; American civil religion

Article.  17237 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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