More Than Belief A Materialist Theory of Religion
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Manuel A. Vï¿½squez, 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.
|The Rise of Foundational Dualism and the Eclipse of the Body|
|ï¿½Body Am I Entirely, and Nothing Elseï¿½: 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|
|The Eclipse of Practice: Textualism at Large|
|ï¿½Ceci n'est pas un texteï¿½: From Textualism to Practice|
|Expanding the Conversation on Emplaced Religion|
|Mobility, Networks, and Ecology|
|By the Way of a Conclusion|