ABSTRACT. In the past decades, we have witnessed the global re-emergence of the political meaning of both nationalism and religion. This paper explores contemporary fragments of this trend across three European countries: France, Poland and the United Kingdom. The discursive occurrences brought into the analysis are taken from state-centered political arenas as well as from more diffused or marginal sociological elements. While the approach is primarily set in the perspective of nationalism studies, the final aim of the paper is to nourish the reflection on the negotiations of political and social significations between religion and nationalism. To what extent are religious discourses inherent to the resurgence of nationalist discourses and social practices? Reversely, are nationalistic phenomena inherently religious in nature, hence favorable to combinations between religious and nationalist discursive elements? Are the contemporary dimensions of the relationship between religion and nationalism, such as those presented in this paper, tokens of a new (or renewed) syncretism of a reactionary grid of social significations? pp. 11–37

Keywords: nationalism, religion, discourse analysis, France, Poland, United Kingdom

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Centre des Humanités,
INSA/Université de Lyon

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