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Politics and the sacred

Author: Harald Wydra
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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"This path-breaking book argues that practices of the sacred are constitutive of modern secular politics. Following a tradition of enquiry in anthropology and political theory, it examines how limit situations shape the political imagination and collective identity. As an experiential and cultural fact, the sacred emerges within, and simultaneously transcends, transgressive dynamics such as revolutions, wars, or
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wydra, Harald.
Politics and the sacred
(DLC) 2014048693
(OCoLC)901059087
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harald Wydra
ISBN: 9781316319666 1316319660 9781139871730 1139871730
OCLC Number: 908254330
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: the sacred and the political 1 --
The extraordinary and the political imagination 2 --
The politics of transcendence 3 --
Secular sources of political theologies 4 --
Democracy and the sacred 5 --
The power of symbols: communism and beyond 6 --
Generations of European imaginations 7 --
The spell of humanity 8 --
Victims and new wars Epilogue: rationalities of the sacred.
Responsibility: Harald Wydra.
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