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Sex, secularism and religious influence in US politics.
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PMID:  20857575     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
Through an analysis of alliances between secular and religious actors in US politics and a specific case study on anti-trafficking policy, we show that the intertwining of religion and politics in the US comes from two sources: 1) the secular political and cultural institutions of American public life that have developed historically out of Protestantism, and which predominantly operate by presuming Protestant norms and values; and 2) the direct influence on US politics of religious groups and organisations, particularly in the past quarter-century of lobby groups and political action committees identified with conservative evangelical Christianity. The sources of policies that promote gender and sexual inequality in the US are both secular and religious and we conclude that it is inaccurate to assume that religious influence in politics is necessarily conservative or that more secular politics will necessarily be more progressive than the religious varieties.
Elizabeth Bernstein; Janet R Jakobsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Third world quarterly     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0143-6597     ISO Abbreviation:  Third World Q     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-21     Completed Date:  2010-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101084672     Medline TA:  Third World Q     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1023-39     Citation Subset:  Q    
Women's Studies and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York.
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics / history
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Religion* / history
Secularism* / history
Sexual Behavior* / ethnology,  history,  physiology,  psychology
Social Behavior / history
Social Conditions / economics,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
Social Values* / ethnology,  history
United States / ethnology

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