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Societies 2018, 8(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8010005

Cameron, Conservatives and a Christian Britain: A Critical Exploration of Political Discourses about Religion in the Contemporary United Kingdom

Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Received: 27 October 2017 / Revised: 13 December 2017 / Accepted: 20 December 2017 / Published: 10 January 2018
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Abstract

In the British setting, the deployment of the phrase ‘doing god’ has become increasingly common to refer to an emerging trend whereby religion has acquired an increasingly prominent role in political spaces and discourses. This was particularly prominent while David Cameron was Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. While historically, religion has not had a prominent place in either the former Prime Minister David Cameron. Here, the findings from critical analyzing a series of Cameron’s public pronouncements about religion—and Christianity in particular—is set out to try and better understand his own adherence to Christianity (the personal) how this intersected with his politics and role as Prime Minister (the political), and more importantly how this shaped his views about Britain being a Christian country (the national). Contextualized within the embryonic scholarly literature relating to the phenomenon of ‘doing god’ in the contemporary British setting, this article concludes by considering alternative and analogous frames through which greater elucidation of the true motivations of his pronouncements might be understood. View Full-Text
Keywords: British politics; Christianity; David Cameron; religion; identity; United Kingdom; doing god; British Muslims British politics; Christianity; David Cameron; religion; identity; United Kingdom; doing god; British Muslims
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