Special Issue "Religion, Politics, and America’s Liberal-Conservative Divide Reconsidered"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2015).
Dr. Darren Dochuk
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1066, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: intersection of religion and politics in 20th century U.S. history; conservative religious movements and the politics of oil, energy, and land use
Media and scholarly focus on the culture wars has reified a conservative-liberal divide in U.S. religion and politics, to the point of stifling constructive examination of the analytical spaces in-between. Thankfully, recent trends in scholarship have begun adding texture to our understandings of “Right,” “Left,” and “Center” in both church and state. This is certainly the case in the discipline of history. While the study of conservatism has flourished recently as a corrective to an earlier “liberal consensus” model, new scholarship is emerging that reassesses liberals and liberalism(s) in more complex renderings of the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush eras. Meanwhile, several historians are providing fresh analyses of what “conservative” and “liberal” actually mean when delineating important features of our recent religious and political past. Where do we place progressive evangelicals or Catholic radicals on the spectrum? And what about Christian Realists, Mennonites, Latino Pentecostals, military chaplains, and proponents of a “greener faith”? How do these categories break down, or do damage, when we try to impose them on people, movements, and issues that resist easy categorization? This special issue seeks to take advantage of our current moment in historical and interdisciplinary scholarship by drawing together articles that: (a) reassess liberalism and conservatism on their own terms, as dynamic, fluid entities with shifting boundaries both in the pews and at the polls; (b) problematize and redraw liberal-conservative divides in and between religion and politics; (c) offer illustration of innovative ways to rewrite post-World War II religious and political histories beyond rigid liberal-conservative binaries. Scholars are invited to contribute articles from a broad range of methodological approaches, and to think about post-World War II American developments in a more expansive global context.
Dr. Darren Dochuk
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- culture wars
- postwar era