More Than Belief A Materialist Theory of Religion

ISBN-10: 0195188543
ISBN-13: 9780195188547
Edition: 2010
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.21" long x 1.04" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Over the past several decades, postmodernist and postcolonial challenges to traditional theories and methods have revolutionized the social sciences. The discipline of religious studies, however, has been relatively slow to confront these developments, continuing to rely heavily on textual methods and a framework that privileges belief over practice, doctrine over performance, text over context, and inner emotion over public ritual. Recently, however, developments in social theory have begun to transform the study of religion. In this book, Manuel Vásquez maps out the dynamics of this paradigm shift, exploring systematically the epistemological and methodological challenges contemporary social theory poses for traditional approaches to religious studies. Offering a panoramic view of key debates on identity, culture, and society across the social sciences, he assesses the impact of these debates on the study of religion, offering specific examples of how they are shaping the study of particular religious traditions. He concludes by proposing a robust yet flexible materialist approach to the study of religion that will be capable of addressing the increasing complexity of religious life.

Manuel A. V�squez, Associate Professor at the University of Florida is the author of The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity and co-author of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas.

Introduction
Embodiment
The Rise of Foundational Dualism and the Eclipse of the Body
�Body Am I Entirely, and Nothing Else�: Non-Reductive Materialism and the Struggle against Dualism
Toward a Materialist Phenomenology of Religion
The Phenomenology of Embodiment and the Study of Religion
Religious Bodies as Social Artifacts
Holding Social Constructionism in Check: The Recovery of the Active, Lived Body
A Cultural Neurophenomenology of Religion: Enter the Embodied Mind
Practice
The Eclipse of Practice: Textualism at Large
�Ceci n'est pas un texte�: From Textualism to Practice
Emplacement
Expanding the Conversation on Emplaced Religion
Mobility, Networks, and Ecology
By the Way of a Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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