chapter  5
17 Pages

Religion, communication, and the state

ByKathryn Montalbano

This chapter reviews the key themes of the three case studies as well as the main theoretical contribution of the book: government agents employed Protestant hegemonic – and by the third case study, less Protestant but nonetheless Christian secular – frameworks to assess the beliefs, expression, and actions of Mormonism, Quakerism, and Islam. The chapter summarizes the findings of the book, including the approaches, conclusions, and impact of each case study; reviews and builds upon key theoretical literature on religion and secularism; and indicates how the contributions of the book might prompt future research on religion, surveillance, communication, and the state.