Religion, secularity, culture? Investigating Christian privilege in Western Europe

Anna Sophie Lauwers* (Corresponding Author)

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Scholarship on religious inequality in Europe has focused mainly on the position of religious minorities, primarily Jews and Muslims. Investigations into Islamophobia, antisemitism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression, however, are merely one side of the coin. This article draws attention to Christian privilege as a different, but related phenomenon. It understands ‘privilege’ to be part of the study of hegemony, as the asymmetrical counterpart of structural oppression. The article situates Christian privilege within secular Christian hegemony in Western Europe and explores its relation to racial and religious exclusion. It identifies three different types of Christian privilege and outlines a framework for normatively evaluating them.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date6 Jun 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jun 2022


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