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Nacionalizmus, náboženstvo a multikulturalizmus v juhovýchodnom Poľsku
Nationalism, Religion, and Multiculturalism in Southeast Poland

Author(s): Juraj Buzalka
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Sociologický ústav
Keywords: nation; religion and politics; agrarian tolerance; multiculturalism; political ritual; Ukraine; Poland;

Summary/Abstract: In the early 1990s, the Polish city of Przemyśl became known for the tensions existing between Roman Catholic Poles and Greek Catholic Ukrainians. These tensions derived from the indivisible links between nationalism, religion, and politics in southeast Poland. This article analyses how they are tied up in political rituals. The fi rst two rites analysed commemorate the sufferings during the war, and by politicising collective memory they strengthen the sense of mutual antagonism between religious-national groups. The author’s key argument is that given the important role religious identifi cation plays in the individual’s relationship to the nation, religion is becoming a crucial factor in any form of political change. The author also presents an example of reconciliation and how it is applied to collective memory on the basis of a multinational tradition in a third political ritual. In this case two religious-national groups share a ...

  • Issue Year: 43/2007
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 31-47
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Czech