Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World

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Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World, edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox, explores the legacy of the Portuguese colonial experience, with careful consideration of the lasting impression that this experience has had on the cultural, religious, and political dynamics in the former colonies. Applying the insights derived from three theoretical schools (religious society, political institutions, and cultural toolkit), this...

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Overview

Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World, edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox, explores the legacy of the Portuguese colonial experience, with careful consideration of the lasting impression that this experience has had on the cultural, religious, and political dynamics in the former colonies. Applying the insights derived from three theoretical schools (religious society, political institutions, and cultural toolkit), this volume brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, offering in-depth case studies on Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Goa, Mozambique, and Portugal—societies connected by a shared colonial past and common cultural and sociolinguistic characteristics. Each chapter examines questions on how faith and culture interrelate, and how the various national experiences might resonate with one another. This volume provides a deeper understanding of the Lusophone global society, as well as the larger field of religion and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Ted Jelen
Theoretically sophisticated and methodologically eclectic, this collection is a pleasure to read. The contributors have provided a marvelous account of an unlikely imperial power, as well as nuanced analyses of the multiple political and religious legacies of the Portuguese colonial experience.
Nancy Bermeo
This is a fascinating collection of essays on the complex role played by the Catholic Church in Portugal and the Portuguese colonies. Full of little known facts and intriguing insights, this collection is an excellent argument for interdisciplinary work and the need to study religious institutions as political actors.
Ted G. Jelen
Theoretically sophisticated and methodologically eclectic, this collection is a pleasure to read. The contributors have provided a marvelous account of an unlikely imperial power, as well as nuanced analyses of the multiple political and religious legacies of the Portuguese colonial experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739180068
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 11/24/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Christopher Manuel is professor of political science at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Alynna J. Lyon is associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.

Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. A Tale of Two Statues by Thomas Massaro, SJ, and Kenneth R. Himes, OFM
Part One. Theoretical, Historical, and Cultural Issues
Chapter One. Religion and Politics in the Portuguese-Speaking World: Three Theoretical Slices by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna J. Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox
Chapter Two. Patterns of Settlement and Religious Imperial Agents in the Portuguese Empire by José Damião Rodrigues
Chapter Three. Portugal and the Building of an Imaginary Empire by Susana Goulart Costa
Chapter Four. India's Luso-Africans: The Politics of Culture, Race, Colonialism, and Gender in Early Modern Portugal and Post-Colonial Goa by Bindu Malieckal
Part Two. Societies Dominated by a Single Religious Tradition
Chapter 5. The Activist Catholic Church in Independent East Timor: "The Church is Not a Political Institution"
by Alynna J. Lyon
Chapter Six. Religion and Politics in Contemporary Portugal: Devotion, Democracy, and the Marian Apparitions at Fátima by Paul Christopher Manuel
Part Three. Competing Religious Societies, with a Formerly Dominant Church
Chapter Seven. Faith-State Relations in Brazil: What Does Religious Competition Mean for Democracy?
by Christine A. Gustafson
Chapter Eight. The "Depoliticizing Machine": Church and State in Angola since Independence by Didier Péclard
Part Four. Societies with Marked Religious Diversity, without a Dominant Church
Chapter Nine. A Special Place: Imagining Goa from the Estado da India to Indian Independence by Matthew N. Schmalz
Chapter Ten. The Catholic Church in Mozambique under Revolution, War, and Democracy by Eric Morier-Genoud and Pierre Anouilh
Chapter Eleven. Conclusion: Between Land and Sea: Portugal's Two Nationalisms in the Twenty-first Century by José Pedro Zúquete

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