Revenge of the Shamed: The Christian Right's Emotional Culture War

Arlene Stein

in Passionate Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226303987
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304007 | DOI:
Revenge of the Shamed: The Christian Right's Emotional Culture War

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This chapter focuses on the activism of the Christian Right. It suggests that their activism is more than a quest to repair the world and transform culture. It is an effort to repair themselves, and in this it is a deeply personal quest. While Christian conservatives are fond of speaking of their motives as a selfless commitment to higher authorities — family, nation, God — their stories indicate that their activism is not reducible to external goals; it offers the hope of self-realization as well. This quest for meaning encompasses emotional as well as cognitive dimensions. Christian activists try to construct a positive sense of themselves and their families as strong and independent, in contrast to weak, shameful others. Their activism is a reparative act.

Keywords: activism; Christian conservatives; self-realization; Christian activists; Christian Right

Chapter.  7077 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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