Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

1. Paper Terrorism: Religion, Paperwork, and the Contestation of State Power in the “Sovereign Citizen” Movement

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Michael J. McVicar [+-]
Florida State University
Michael J. McVicar is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Florida State University. He teaches classes on American religious history and is the author of Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism (2015)

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This chapter explores some of the religious problems associated with the “sovereign citizen” movement in the United States. By focusing on “paper terrorism”—the extralegal bureaucratic paperwork associated with the sovereign citizenship movement—this chapter challenges conventional attempts in religious studies to frame political resistance movements such as the sovereign citizen movement in terms of a unique, irreducible religious worldview. Instead, it emphasizes how some religiously inspired resistance movements can be understood as by-products of state and corporate activities rather than autonomous manifestations of some deeper human search for religious or spiritual meaning.

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McVicar, Michael. 1. Paper Terrorism: Religion, Paperwork, and the Contestation of State Power in the “Sovereign Citizen” Movement. Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 9-30 Jul 2022. ISBN 9781781799666. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39441. Date accessed: 06 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39441. Jul 2022

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