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Production of American Religious Freedom
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Production of American Religious Freedom: The Production of American Religious Freedom

Finbarr Curtis

Abstract

Americans love religious freedom. Few agree, however, about what they mean by either religion or freedom. Rather than resolve these debates, the book argues that there is no such thing as religious freedom. Lacking any consistent content, religious freedom is a shifting and malleable rhetoric employed for a variety of purposes. While Americans often think of freedom as the right to be left alone, the free exercise of religion works to produce, challenge, distribute, and regulate different forms of social power. The book traces shifts in the notion of religious freedom in America from The Secon ... More

Keywords: American politics, conscience, privacy, religious freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479882113
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479882113.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Finbarr Curtis, author
Georgia Southern University