The Religion of Orange Politics

The Religion of Orange Politics Protestantism and Fraternity in Contemporary Scotland - New Ethnographies

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The religion of Orange politics offers an in-depth anthropological account of the Orange Order in Scotland. Based on ethnographic research collected before, during, and after the Scottish independence referendum, Joseph Webster details how Scotland's largest Protestant-only fraternity shapes the lives of its members and the communities in which they live. Within this Masonic-inspired 'society with secrets', Scottish Orangemen learn how transform themselves and their fellow brethren into what they regard to be ideal British citizens. For many Scots-Orangemen, being British means being ultra-Protestant and ultra-unionist, but also frequently comes to be marked by pointedly anti-Catholic sentiments, and by a wider set of often deliberately sectarian political, cultural, and footballing loyalties. It is from this ethnographic context - framed by ritual initiations, loyalist marches, fraternal drinking, and constitutional campaigning - that the key questions of the book emerge: What is the relationship between fraternal love and sectarian hate? Can religiously motivated bigotry and exclusion be part of human experiences of 'The Good?' What does it mean to claim that one's religious community is utterly exceptional - a literal 'race apart'?

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526113764
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.680409411
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 661g
Height: 234mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 29mm