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date: 30 November 2020

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This chapter examines constitutional culture in the United States and argues that a popular culture of constitutionalism forms the basis of the care and trust that are necessary conditions of the rule of law. It first considers the relationship between professional culture and popular culture before turning to a discussion of the role of culture in the alignment of the Constitution and political claims. It then explores the relationship between popular culture and the Constitution, along with the relationship between law and sacrifice. It also sketches the architecture and genealogy of U.S. constitutional culture by approaching it as a civil religion and concludes by commenting on the national culture of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism.

Keywords: constitutional culture, United States, popular culture, constitutionalism, rule of law, professional culture, Constitution, political claims, civil religion, popular sovereignty

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