Religion is religioning? Anthropology and the cultural study of religion

Nye, M. (1999) Religion is religioning? Anthropology and the cultural study of religion. Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, 20(2), pp. 193-234.

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Abstract

Scholars who identify themselves as anthropologists of religion attempt to work across the disciplinary divisions between religion and social/cultural anthro-pology, to varying degrees of success. In this paper I review some contemporary perspectives on how anthropology of religion has been developed, placing particular emphasis on the shift from religion-as-belief to religion-as-embodied-practice. However, an approach which considers religion as practice may need to rethink the religion-concept itself, and I suggest that anthropologists should begin to think of 'religioning‘ rather than 'religion‘, as a means of reconceptualising this shift. In conclusion I explore alternative tropes for such a discourse on religioning, looking at the play and work of religious practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nye, Malory
Authors: Nye, M.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Scottish Journal of Religious Studies
ISSN:0143-8301

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