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There is No Sacrum in it Any More: Revisiting Formalist Statehood and Religious/Civic Education on Baltic-Barents Borders
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
2013 (English)In: Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974, Vol. 41, no 4, 394-417 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Even under globalised and hyper-diverse cultural and social conditions, representative liberal democracy conceives of itself as non-involved in issues to do with ethics, faith and belief. Drawing on a formalist systemic state identity it advocates a neutralist, secularist, generalist and non-biased approach to education in state schools. Building on a current research project on religious/civic education in the Baltic-Barents area, this article argues that this self-image is flawed and that representative liberal democracy cannot avoid being ethically biased. There is thus, the article argues, a need to better frame our understanding of different modes of religious/civic education as well as the logic of ethical neutralism characteristic of contemporary democratic statehood. © 2013 © Taylor & Francis.

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2013. Vol. 41, no 4, 394-417 p.
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Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-21090DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2013.855476ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84890463998OAI: diva2:687122
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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