Book review : Atalia Omer and Joshua Lupo (eds.), Religion, populism, and modernity: confronting white Christian nationalism and racism. Notre Dame, Indiana, USA: University of Notre Dame Press, 2023. £29.22 (pbk), vi + 302pp. ISBN 978-0-268-20582-9

Haynes, Jeffrey (2024) Book review : Atalia Omer and Joshua Lupo (eds.), Religion, populism, and modernity: confronting white Christian nationalism and racism. Notre Dame, Indiana, USA: University of Notre Dame Press, 2023. £29.22 (pbk), vi + 302pp. ISBN 978-0-268-20582-9. Party Politics. ISSN 1460-3683

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From the United States to the Middle East and from Asia to Africa, religious nationalism is an important component of political activity and organisation. While the relationship between religion and nationalism is not a new area of research, it has grown in importance in recent years, as more and more examples of the phenomenon have appeared, often with significant political impacts. When the relationship between religion and nationalism is clear and sustained, then a hybrid term is useful: ‘religious nationalism’. Religious nationalism signifies a demonstrably close, even synonymous, relationship between two concepts ‘religion’ and ‘nationalism’, which are not inevitably close ideologically. Religion fits in this context when it is a defining component of what a nation is said to comprise, helping to forge a collective ethos of identity and belonging expressed in a collective culture. Manifestations of religious nationalism depend on their historical, religious, political, and cultural contexts.

The book under review examines ‘the recent rise of White Christian nationalism in Europe and the United States, focusing on how right-wing populist leaders and groups have mobilized racist and xenophobic rhetoric in their bids for political power’ (back cover blurb). As the book explains, Christian nationalism is a politically important form of religious nationalism, drawing on specific Christian values and beliefs. Christian nationalism is a controversial issue, understood in various ways.

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Additional Information: This is the Accepted Manuscript of the article published by SAGE in Party Politics on 30 January 2024, available online: https://doi.org/10.1177/13540688241227523. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Uncontrolled Keywords: White Christian nationalism; Europe; United States
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2024 14:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 15:02
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/9028

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