‘Respect Study’ the treatment of religious difference and otherness: an ethnographic investigation in UK schools

Lundie, D. and Conroy, J. (2015) ‘Respect Study’ the treatment of religious difference and otherness: an ethnographic investigation in UK schools. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 36(3), pp. 274-290. (doi: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1029886)

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Understanding and appreciating the beliefs and practices of others feature prominently among the aims and purposes of Religious Education in UK schools. Drawing on ethnographic data from the ‘Does RE Work?’ project, this paper presents two conceptions of ‘in/entoleration’ a deliberate process of inculcating tolerance in pedagogy. Entoleration, akin to enculturation, encourages sympathetic and transformative encounter with others’ beliefs. Intoleration, akin to indoctrination, risks eliding both difference and encounter in the service of a predetermined aim of nurturing uncritical tolerance. The former is categorised by pedagogies of encounter with the other as person, while the latter often focuses on externals and strangeness.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Special Issue: Education about Religions and Worldviews: Promoting Intercultural and Interreligious Understanding in Secular Societies.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Conroy, Professor James and Lundie, Dr David
Authors: Lundie, D., and Conroy, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
University Centres > Centre for Internationalisation and Enterprise Research
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Educational Leadership & Policy
Journal Name:Journal of Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9540
Published Online:11 May 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Intercultural Studies 36(3):274-290
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
453621Does religious education work? An analysis of the aims, practices and models of effectiveness in Religious Education across the UKJames ConroyArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/F009135/1ED - CREATIVITY, CULTURE & FAITH