Special Issue "Religion in Australian Public Life: Resurgence, Insurgence, Cooption?"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marion Maddox

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia
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Interests: religion and politics; religion and law; religion and citizenship; religious diversity; religious freedom; democracy, difference and inclusion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Australian censuses show steadily-declining religious adherence, with just over half the population claiming Christian affiliation in 2016 (52%), and nearly one-third (30%) choosing "no religion," an all-time high. Yet religion has not faded from Australian public life, nor retreated to the private sphere. On the contrary: increasing proportions of government spending are channeled through religious agencies (welfare, education, health, employment services…); political controversies, from the local (urban planning) to the national (marriage law) and international (border control and counter-terrorism) are often framed in religious terms; and religious factionalism remains a feature of both major and minor political parties.

The failure of religion to disappear from the public realm in the wake of secularisation has sometimes been theorised as a "religious resurgence". An alternative might see the Australian scene as "religious insurgence," in which religious movements' self-consciously-adopted oppositional status vis-a-vis a perceived secular polity becomes, in itself, a source of energy. Or does the energy come, instead (at least some of the time) from above rather than from below, with governments and business "co-opting" religious bodies to serve interests of the state or capital?

This Special Issue invites contributions examining the many ways that religion operates in current Australian politics and public life, broadly conceived. How do religious and other forms of power intersect, interact, reinforce and oppose one another? How can we expect these patterns to change in the coming decades, and what questions – for researchers and for Australian society – will these changes generate?

Prof. Dr. Marion Maddox
Guest Editor

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  • religious freedom
  • human rights
  • religious protest
  • religious diversity
  • religion and the non-human
  • religion and political parties
  • religion, gender and sexuality
  • discrimination

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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