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The politics of the sacred in America : the role of civil religion in political practice

Author: Anthony Squiers
Publisher: Cham : Springer, [2018] ©2018
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This book provides a comprehensive investigation of the political dimensions of civil religion in the United States. By employing an original social-psychological theory rooted in semiotics, it offers a qualitative and quantitative empirical examination of more than fifty years of political rhetoric. Further, it presents two in-depth case studies that examine how the cultural, totemic sign of ?the Founding Fathers?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1003798025
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Squiers
ISBN: 9783319688701 3319688707
OCLC Number: 1017098749
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The Political Dimensions of the American Civil Religion (ACR): An Introduction --
A Theoretical Model for the Study of Civil Religious Signs --
The ACR in Public Political Discourse: 1960 to 2012 --
The Apotheosis of the Founding Fathers and Signs of Filial Piety --
Sacred Documents, Sacred Signs: The Constitution and Declaration of Independence --
Contesting the Politics of the Sacred --
Conclusion: The Mediation of the Universal and Particular.#xE000;
Responsibility: Anthony Squiers.

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This book provides a comprehensive investigation of the political dimensions of civil religion in the United States. By employing an original social-psychological theory rooted in semiotics, it offers a qualitative and quantitative empirical examination of more than fifty years of political rhetoric. Further, it presents two in-depth case studies that examine how the cultural, totemic sign of ?the Founding Fathers? and the signs of America?s sacred texts (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) are used in attempts to link partisan policy positions with notions that the country collectively holds sacred. The book?s overarching thesis is that America?s civil religion serves as a discursive framework for the country?s politics of the sacred, mediating the demands of particularistic interests and social solidarity through the interaction of social belief and institutional politics like elections and the Supreme Court. The book penetrates America?s unique political religiosity to reveal and unravel the intricate ways in which politics, political institutions, religion and culture intertwine in the United States.#xE000;

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