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Lauren McKown


My research addresses debates about the role of religious identity in the construction of national identity and the relationship between religious and national identities and political participation. It pursues two major questions: 1) how does participation in a religious community influence understandings of national identity? 2) how, if at all, do individuals base their political action and strategies to influence state policies on their religious and national identities? I explore these questions through a case study of Christian and Muslim religious women in Norway. In Norway the presence of a state church for hundreds of years has led to a national identity oriented in part around religious ethics and values. Today, the growing migration of people from other faith traditions has led some Norwegians to question the links between religious and national identity.


BA, University of California San Diego - Anthropology, Critical Gender Studies; MA, American University - Public Anthropology; PhD Candidate, American University - Social Anthropology

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