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At the Intersection of Nation and Church : Political Myth in the Balkans

Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria LU (2012) 17th Annual ASN World Convention: The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs
Abstract
The present paper investigates the contemporary intersections of nation and church in two Balkan states, Romania and Serbia, as they are specifically articulated with the help of political myth. Myths are understood here as narratives about the past of a given national community that bring cohesion to the group. The political aspect of myth lies in its use by political actors and in its potential to mobilize communities for a political cause. The primary empirical sources of the paper are drawn from post-communist history textbooks dealing with national history in both countries.

The paper will tentatively conclude that the political myth has proven to be a very useful mode to bring together nation and church for the purposes of... (More)
The present paper investigates the contemporary intersections of nation and church in two Balkan states, Romania and Serbia, as they are specifically articulated with the help of political myth. Myths are understood here as narratives about the past of a given national community that bring cohesion to the group. The political aspect of myth lies in its use by political actors and in its potential to mobilize communities for a political cause. The primary empirical sources of the paper are drawn from post-communist history textbooks dealing with national history in both countries.

The paper will tentatively conclude that the political myth has proven to be a very useful mode to bring together nation and church for the purposes of political mobilization and that myth’s importance for present-day politics should be reappraised. (Less)
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religion, Serbia, Romania, Balkans, history textbooks, nationalism, Political myth
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17th Annual ASN World Convention: The Wages of Nationhood: Conflicts, Compromises, and Costs
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English
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  abstract     = {The present paper investigates the contemporary intersections of nation and church in two Balkan states, Romania and Serbia, as they are specifically articulated with the help of political myth. Myths are understood here as narratives about the past of a given national community that bring cohesion to the group. The political aspect of myth lies in its use by political actors and in its potential to mobilize communities for a political cause. The primary empirical sources of the paper are drawn from post-communist history textbooks dealing with national history in both countries.<br/><br>
The paper will tentatively conclude that the political myth has proven to be a very useful mode to bring together nation and church for the purposes of political mobilization and that myth’s importance for present-day politics should be reappraised.},
  author       = {Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria},
  keyword      = {religion,Serbia,Romania,Balkans,history textbooks,nationalism,Political myth},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {At the Intersection of Nation and Church : Political Myth in the Balkans},
  year         = {2012},
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