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Landscapes of the Secular: Law, Religion, and American Sacred Space

Nicolas Howe


Secularization has changed how Americans see their cultural landscape. This book explains why by examining the language and lived experience of legal conflict over sacred space since the 1970s. From high-profile fights over wilderness areas to small-town spats over schoolhouse nativity scenes, battles across the religious-secular divide have produced a new geography of religion, one in which the very idea of sacred space is continually both called into question and restrictively defined. In this climate of religious ambivalence, law has played an ever-greater role in shaping how Americans expe ... More

Keywords: secularity, landscape, law, environment, geography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226376776
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226376806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicolas Howe, author
Williams College