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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Repression in the U.S. and Swedish Plowshares Movements

Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Repression in the U.S. and Swedish Plowshares Movements

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(p.246) 11 Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Repression in the U.S. and Swedish Plowshares Movements
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Religion and Progressive Activism
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Sharon Erickson Nepstad

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.003.0012

Sharon Erickson Nepstad’s chapter hones our understanding of how religion can shape activists’ interpretations of repression. Through a comparative analysis of the Plowshares movements in the United States and Sweden, this chapter argues that long prison sentences did not harm the U.S. Plowshares movement in part because activists’ Catholic beliefs and identity led them to view repression in religious terms that deepened their commitment, motivation, and unity. The chapter contrasts the U.S. case to the experience of the secular Swedish Plowshares activists, who interpreted their repression in ways that made them susceptible to internal disputes, waning commitment, and co-optation.

Keywords:   repression, Plowshares movements, United States, Sweden, prison, Catholic, secular, co-optation

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