The Religion of Law: Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging

Jivraj, Suhraiya (2013) The Religion of Law: Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging. Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies . Palgrave Macmillan, 216 pp. ISBN 9781137029270. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

How is religion, particularly non-Christianness, conceptualised and represented in English law? What is the relationship between religion, race, ethnicity and culture in these conceptualisations? What might be the socio-political effects of conceptualising religion in particular ways? This book addresses these key questions in two areas of law relating to children. The first case study focuses on child welfare cases and reveals how the boundaries between race and theological notions of religion as belief and practice are blurred. Non-Christians are also often perceived as uncivilized but also, at times, racial otherness can be erased and assimilated. The second examines religion in education and the increasing focus on 'common values'. It demonstrates how non-Christian faith schools are deemed as in need of regulation, while Christian schools are the benchmark of good citizenship. In addition, values discourse and citizenship education provide a means to 'de-racialise' non-Christian children in the ongoing construction of the nation. Central to this analysis is a focus on religion as a socio-political, contingent, fluid and invented concept.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Philosophy and Religion; Sociology of Religion; Law; Socio; Sociology; Crime, Deviance and Socio
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 09:39
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 12:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30074 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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