The Religion of Orange Politics: Protestantism and Fraternity in Contemporary Scotland (New Ethnographies) (Paperback)

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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.

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'?

About the Author


Joseph Webster is Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion at the University of Cambridge
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526113771
ISBN-10: 1526113775
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: New Ethnographies