Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

3. The Power of Persecution and Martyrdom in Modern Discourse

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Tara Baldrick-Morrone [+-]
Florida State University
Tara Baldrick-Morrone is a Ph.D. candidate in Religions of Western Antiquity at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the reimagining and reconstruction of early Christianities, especially in the use of martyrdom and violence in late antique and modern-day discourse.

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This essay seeks to analyze the use of persecution and martyrological language in American political discourse by attempting to historicize ideas about early Christian martyrdom, to which politicians and the media often implicitly refer. Attempting to understand the work done by pointing to an imagined narrative of consistent persecution allows us to pay closer attention to the ways in which groups further distinguish themselves from one another while also unveiling the very real, situated, and material dimensions at play.

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Baldrick-Morrone, Tara. 3. The Power of Persecution and Martyrdom in Modern Discourse. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 47-53 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30318. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30318. Jul 2017

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