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The concept of ‘Nativism’ (from Eng., ‘native,’ ‘inborn’ in the sense of ‘one's own’) denotes those religious movements that draw their justification from their own tradition and expressly appeal to it. This tradition can be imaginary. Nativistic currents arise mostly in a situation of colonial oppression, and can also be regarded as a reaction on the part of the colonized to structural, open → violence. The birth of a consciousness of inequality, and the feeling of an existential threat from wi…

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Polzer, Claudia, “Nativism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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