Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays and Governments launched at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting in Chicago

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Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays and Governments (Brill) edited by Srdjan Sremac and R. Ruard Ganzevoort was unveiled last week at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) annual meeting in Chicago.

The volume is the 26th in ASR’s “Religion and the Social Order Series” and was marked with a launch by series editor Bill Swatos at the opening reception and an ‘editor meets critics session’ at the conference.

At the editor meets critics session panelist were Adam Brett (Syracuse University), James Cavendish (University of South Florida), Barbara Denison (Shippensburg University) and Bill Swatos (Baylor University). The panelists praised the volume as an excellent theoretical contribution to religious and sexual nationalism. Bill Swatos singled out: “I am grateful for the offering of this volume and hope it will enable readers to asses and reassess the value of a comparative-differential sociology of religion and sexuality.”

Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments presents case studies from some ten countries that serve to explore the ways in which religion, nationalism, and (homo)sexuality intersect in public discourse. It shows how religious leaders, political and social movements, LGBT-organizations, governments, and media negotiate the powers of religion and state in taking position regarding sexual diversity. These negotiations are as much about sexual morality as they are about national identity, anti-EU sentiments, and the efforts of religious institutions to regain power in post-communist societies.

More information about the volume is available here http://www.brill.com/products/book/religious-and-sexual-nationalisms-central-and-eastern-europe

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