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Nationalism And Civil Religion. What Is The Difference?

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This chapter suggests that historically we have been dealing with the same kind of translation issues in the study of nationalism and civil religion. The stories of "nationalism" and "civil religion" are very much the accounts of two different traditions of research. The chapter demonstrates this by comparing some of the most influential and most cited books and articles published concerning the study of nationalism and the study of civil religion, analysing the way the authors use the concepts of "nationalism" and "civil religion". It concentrates on the principal and most cited works in these fields, as it is first and foremost these books and articles that have shaped the discourse. The chapter shows how interdisciplinary studies of civil religion and nationalism might fertilise new insights concerning both of these concepts. The differences between the concepts are in their translations, but translations can also alter the meaning of the words.

Keywords: civil religion; nationalism; translations



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