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Religion, the Christian state and the secular state: Discourses during the 2014 Fiji general election campaign

Ryle, Jacqueline (2015) Religion, the Christian state and the secular state: Discourses during the 2014 Fiji general election campaign. Journal of Pacific Studies, 35 (2). pp. 35-48. ISSN 1011-3029

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Abstract

This article explores discourses on the Christian state, secular state and religion in the media during the 2014 Fiji election campaign. Drawing on the mainstream written media and interviews by then author it outlines and analyses church positions on these issues and how they related to the political debate. Discourses on the Christian state and secular state play an important part in discourses on what it is to be a Christian in Fiji. Yet there is lack of clarity as to how people understand and use the terms Christian state and secular state, and discrepancies between official positions of churches and general Christian discourses and practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: In Naidu, V. and Tarte, S. (eds), ‘No Ordinary Election: the Fiji General Election of 2014, Special Issue 2015
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 15:21
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 15:21
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8906
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