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Title: Citizenship, religion, gender and the politics of belonging: A case study of white, middle-class christian men in the East Midlands, United Kingdom
Authors: Nyhagen, Line
Keywords: Citizenship
Religion
Christianity
Gender
Belonging
Masculinity
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: NYHAGEN, L., 2018. Citizenship, religion, gender and the politics of belonging: A case study of white, middle-class christian men in the East Midlands, United Kingdom. Culture and Religion, 19, In Press.
Abstract: Religion, and in particular Christianity, is losing ground in the UK as fewer people identify as Christian and more people report having no religion. Although religion remains influential in politics, education and welfare, the role and legitimacy of religion in the public sphere is highly contested. This context of religious and cultural change provides the background for a case study of white, middle class, Christian men in the East Midlands and how they understand and experience citizenship in everyday life. The article examines how religious faith and citizenship are linked, and whether religion provides resources or barriers to citizenship. The article argues that the interviewed men draw on both status and practice based understandings of citizenship, and on both instrumental and expressive forms of masculinity, depending on context. Notably, some of the men invoke a defensive discourse in reference to alleged threats posed to Christianity by secular forces and by Islam. The findings have larger implications for the politics of belonging in the UK and Western Europe.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 18 months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32571
Publisher Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/current
ISSN: 1475-5610
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