Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Growing Instrumentalization of Catholicism in French Politics
by Willson, Alexander, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2017, 106; 13871639
Abstract (Summary)

This paper concerns the desecularization of French politics. It offers evidence demonstrating the increasing instrumentalization of Catholicism by both the French Catholic Church and the French political right, then it moves on to an examination of how Catholic voters respond to this instrumentalization of their religious identities for the accomplishment of political objectives concerning immigration and asylum seeking policies. The conclusion, based on a number of qualitative interviews with young French Catholics, is that voter responses to the political instrumentalization of their religious identities must be interpreted through the prism of church service attendance rates, a voter’s self-defined understanding of what it means to “be Catholic”, and the voter’s displayed level of concern for political and economic realities in their vision of the issues effecting France today. Using this information, the research of this paper ends by offering a typological breakdown of voter profiles that are divided along the lines of church attendance, religious self-identification, and displayed politico-economic interest. Each type offers an analysis of how voters corresponding to a given category will likely vote in the 2017 French presidential elections and then explains how they would likely respond to the mobilization of their religion for political ends.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, European Studies
Keywords: France, Identity, Immigration, Politics, Religion
Publication Number: 13871639
ISBN: 978-1-392-03793-5
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