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Cultivating New Post-secular Political Space
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Roger Haydon Mitchell (University of Lancaster, UK)
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Cultivating New Post-secular Political Space

Roger Haydon Mitchell (University of Lancaster, UK)



Elections & referenda;
Political structures: democracy;
Political parties;
Regional government


150 pages

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This comprehensive volume provides crucial insights from contemporary academics and practitioners into how positive interventions might be made into post-secular political spaces that have emerged in the wake of the economic, political, and social upheavals of the 2008 global financial crisis. The failure of liberal democracy to deal effectively with such challenges has led to scapegoating of the poor, immigrants, and Muslims, and contributed to the populist electoral success of, among others, the Leave campaign during the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, and Donald Trump's Presidential campaign. These shocks have highlighted contemporary political spaces defined by what has been termed `all the posts': postmodern, post-Christendom, post-liberal, post-political, and post-secular.

This collection examines emerging attempts to understand and advance the cause of wellbeing within this context. The authors address a variety of key issues including: (re)configuring mythologies for the common good; deploying love and friendship politically; motivating new social movements; valuing the other; recovering displaced and devalued political narratives; finding alternatives to the previously dominant neo-liberalism; listening deeply for social transformation; and overcoming adversarial party politics.

This book was originally published online as a special issue of the journal Global Discourse.

Edited by:   Roger Haydon Mitchell (University of Lancaster UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367236779
ISBN 10:   036723677X
Pages:   150
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Introduction: Cultivating new post-secular political space Roger Haydon Mitchell 2. Beyond populist politics: why conventional politics needs to conjure myths of its own and why it struggles to do so Timothy Stacey 3. Between radical orthodoxy and the turn to the empirical: a reply to Stacey Anna Rowlands 4. What are the politics of love? Roger Haydon Mitchell 5. Examining self-love, love of the `other' and love of the `enemy': a reply to Mitchell Andy Knox 6. Friendship and the new politics: beyond community Astrid H.M. Nordin and Graham M. Smith 7. Friendship in politics, community, populism and liberalism: a response to Nordin and Smith Adam Roberts 8. The decay of Western liberalism and the Christological alternative Benjamin J. Wood 9. The decay of western liberalism and the christological alternative: a reply to Ben Wood Elaine Graham 10. Love your enemy? An aesthetic discourse analysis of self-transcendence in values-motivated altruism Sue Mitchell and Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa 11. Carving a dialogical epistemology for investigating altruism: A reply to Mitchell and Eiroa-Orosa Hannah Intezar and Paul Sullivan 12. Transcending the tribalism of the culture wars spectrum Bradley Jersak 13. Neo-Gnosticism, ideology and the culture wars: the contemplative antidote - perennial tensions: a reply to Jersak Ron S. Dart

Roger Haydon Mitchell is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster, UK, where he is the partnerships coordinator for the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. He is also a member of faculty at the Westminster Theological Centre, UK.

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