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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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The Dance of Desire in Religion and Human Security

The Dance of Desire in Religion and Human Security

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Religion and Human Security

James K. Wellman

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a theoretical reflection on the conceptual junction between religion and human security that is aimed at scholars of religion, policymakers in human security, and the growing cadre of social scientists in global religions and international affairs. It begins with a review of the concept of human security and its interaction with religion, followed by an examination of the way in which the religious and secular aspects of the state become competitors in the conveyance of human security in the modern era—a competition that continues despite the predictions and expectations of many that religion would either die or be reduced to the private sphere in the face of Western modernity. It then examines the field of religious studies and how it can be rethought in light of human security. Finally, it arrives at a new way to define religion in relationship to the delicate dance between the demands of religion and human security.

Keywords:   religion, human security, state, religious studies

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