The Secular Sacred: Emotions of Belonging and the Perils of Nation and Religion

Markus Balkenhol (Editor), Ernst van den Hemel (Editor), Irene Stengs (Editor)

Research output: Book / ReportBook (Editorship) Academic


How do religious emotions and national sentiment become entangled across the world? In exploring this theme, The Secular Sacred focuses on diverse topics such as the dynamic roles of Carnival in Brazil, the public contestation of ritual in Northern Nigeria, and the culturalization of secular tolerance in the Netherlands.

The contributions focus on the ways in which sacrality and secularity mutually inform, enforce, and spill over into each other. The case studies offer a bottom-up, practice-oriented approach in which the authors are wary to use categories of religion and secular as neutral descriptive terms. The Secular Sacred will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, political scientists, and social psychologists, as well as students and scholars of cultural studies and semiotics.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages308
ISBN (Electronic)9783030380502
ISBN (Print)9783030380496
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series


  • political sociology


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