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The Pope, the Public, and International Relations

Postsecular Transformations

  • Mariano P. Barbato
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Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Media Formats

  3. Geopolitical Stages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Rubén C. Lois González, Belén Castro-Fernández
      Pages 133-150
  4. Global Transformation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-209

About this book

Introduction

"The Papacy" and "modernity" are two terms that rarely intersect in international relations, but it will be impossible to ignore the former's impact on the latter -- and vice versa -- after reading this fascinating book. Through multiple forms of intertextual analysis, from a stroll through Paris to the Pope's Twitter feed to examinations of individual Popes and the Papacy's impact in radically different parts of the world, this book reconfigures our conceptions of time and space to foreground the dynamic nature of Papal politics in contemporary world politics.

Cecilia M. Lynch, University of California, Irvine, USA 

This is not the first IR work paying attention to the Holy See. None, however, matches this volume, edited by one of the most promising IR scholars of his generation, Marian Barbato. The volume is multidisciplinary, not “monochrome,” but very colorful with contributors from many countries with the background not just in IR or political science […].

The multidisciplinary tesserae the contributors put together into a mosaic is an alternative to the foundational IR narrative excluding or playing down religion. You are invited to re-think Western history; you are led to consider new perspectives on the global transformation. The Holy See is a “hybrid actor” on the world scene, merging religious and political but also international and transnational elements. In the uncertain fluid 21st century, with the use of media technology, there may be others.

Vendulka Kubalkova, University of Miami, Florida, USA

This volume engages a long-standing religious power, the Holy See, to discuss the impact of the structural, post-secular transformations of international relations. Despite the legal construction of the Holy See as a distinct legal entity, it is also the tool of the papacy to address a transnational or a global public. Instead of understanding these hybrid roles as an irregular exemption, the contributions of the book argue that the Holy See should be seen as a normal actor of international and public diplomacy.

Mariano P. Barbato is Heisenberg Fellow at the Center for Religion and Modernity, University of Münster, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Passau, Germany.

Keywords

Holy See Catholic Church Diplomacy Governance Transnational

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariano P. Barbato
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Religion and ModernityUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

About the editors

Mariano P. Barbato is Heisenberg Fellow at the Center for Religion and Modernity, University of Münster, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Passau, Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Pope, the Public, and International Relations
  • Book Subtitle Postsecular Transformations
  • Editors Mariano P. Barbato
  • Series Title Culture and Religion in International Relations
  • Series Abbreviated Title Culture and Religion in International Relations
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46107-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-46106-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-46109-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-46107-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 209
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Politics and Religion
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

"The Papacy" and "modernity" are two terms that rarely intersect in international relations, but it will be impossible to ignore the former's impact on the latter -- and vice versa -- after reading this fascinating book. Through multiple forms of intertextual analysis, from a stroll through Paris to the Pope's Twitter feed to examinations of individual Popes and the Papacy's impact in radically different parts of the world, this book reconfigures our conceptions of time and space to foreground the dynamic nature of Papal politics in contemporary world politics."

Cecilia M. Lynch, Professor, University of California, Irvine, USA 

"This is not the first IR work paying attention to the Holy See. None, however, matches this volume, edited by one of the most promising IR scholars of his generation, Marian Barbato. The volume is multidisciplinary, not “monochrome,” but very colorful with contributors from many countries with the background not just in IR or political science but, in the humanities, including among other a philosopher, an art historian, scholar of religion, literary scholar. Barbato begins by taking you for a walk through Paris, the city that rose during the long–and for modern international relations pivotal–19th century to the capital of secular nationalism showing the undeniable and enduring entanglements of the public, religion, and world affairs.

The multidisciplinary tesserae the contributors put together into a mosaic is an alternative to the foundational IR narrative excluding or playing down religion. You are invited to re-think Western history; you are led to consider new perspectives on the global transformation. The Holy See is a “hybrid actor” on the world scene, merging religious and political but also international and transnational elements. In the uncertain fluid 21st century, with the use of media technology, there may be others."

Prof. Vendulka Kubalkova, University of Miami, Florida, USA

"Mariano Barbato‘s edited volume is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on religion and IR. The focus on the papacy shows the limits of the established scholarship that has usually considered  politically irrelevant religious actors and organizations . By extensively analyzing the actions of the papacy and the Holy See  from the  use of social media, to the engagement with international organizations, geopolitical spaces and global transformations, this volume sheds a new light on the continuous relevance of religion throughout different phases of the international system.  It is a must read for students and scholars of International Relations."

Jocelyne Cesari, Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham and Georgetown University, Author of What is Political Islam? (2018)