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Parution : 11/2020
Editeur : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 978-0-1906-3726-2
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Separate but Faithful

The Christian Right's Radical Struggle to Transform Law & Legal Culture

Amanda Hollis-Brusky,  Joshua C. Wilson

Présentation de l'éditeur

Fueled by grassroots activism and a growing collection of formal political organizations, the Christian Right became an enormously influential force in American law and politics in the 1980s and 90s. While this vocal and visible political movement has long voiced grave concerns about the Supreme Court and cases such as Roe v. Wade, they weren't able to effectively enter the courtroom in a serious and sustained way until recently. During the pivot from the 20th to the 21st century, a small constellation of high-profile Christian Right leaders began to address this imbalance by investing in an array of institutions aimed at radically transforming American law and legal culture.

In Separate But Faithful, Amanda Hollis-Brusky and Joshua C. Wilson provide an in-depth examination of these efforts, including their causes, contours and consequences. Drawing on an impressive amount of original data from a variety of sources, they look at the conditions that gave rise to a set of distinctly "Christian Worldview" law schools and legal institutions. Further, Hollis-Brusky and Wilson analyze their institutional missions and cultural makeup and evaluate their transformative impacts on law and legal culture to date. In doing so, they find that this movement, while struggling to influence the legal and political mainstream, has succeeded in establishing a Christian conservative beacon of resistance; a separate but faithful space from which to incrementally challenge the dominant legal culture.

Both a compelling narrative of the rise of Christian Right lawyers and a trenchant analysis of how institutional networks fuel the growth of social movements, Separate But Faithful challenges the dominant perspectives of the politics of law in contemporary America.

Amanda Hollis-Brusky, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pamona College, and Joshua C. Wilson, Professor of Political Science, University of Denver.





1. The Frankfurter Adage (or Why Legal Movements Need Support Structures)

2. The Genesis of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement & The Road Not Taken

3. In the Beginning: Creation Stories

4. Human Capital (or "A Generation of Christian Attorneys")

5. Social & Cultural Capital (or "credibility capital")

6. Intellectual Capital: Preaching to Convert or to the Converted?

7. At the Apex of the Support Structure Pyramid


Appendix A - Data Collection and Methods

Appendix B - Interview Protocols

Appendix C - Alumni Survey Instrument

304 pages.  £19.99

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