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Red catechisms: socialist educational literature and the demarcation of religion and politics in the early 19th century

Kirsch, Anja. (2018) Red catechisms: socialist educational literature and the demarcation of religion and politics in the early 19th century. Religion, 48 (1). pp. 8-36.

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Abstract

The catechetical genre not only has a long history in religious but also in political discourse. During the 18th century, catechisms were produced on a vast number of diverse subjects, ranging from secular ethics to sheep breeding. The catechism persisted throughout the 19th century and almost gave shape to the Manifesto of the Communist Party. By this time, however, some socialists were also sceptical of the genre; it was perceived as ambiguous. Catechisms are thus a focal point for changing understandings of politics and religion in 19th-century discourse. This article discusses the production and reception of early 19th-century ‘red’ or socialist catechisms to reveal how the ambiguity of the concept religion was negotiated in the context of the catechetical genre. By locating the debate on catechisms in the discourse on ideology, I show that this genre was a focal point for structural change in the semantic field of religion in modernity.
Faculties and Departments:01 Faculty of Theology > Fachbereich Religionswissenschaft > Doppelprofessur Religionswissenschaft (Mohn)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Religionswissenschaft > Doppelprofessur Religionswissenschaft (Mohn)
UniBasel Contributors:Kirsch, Anja
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0048-721X
e-ISSN:1096-1151
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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