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Apparitions and Apparatuses: On the Framing and Staging of Religious Events
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2012 (English)In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, ISSN 0943-3058, E-ISSN 1570-0682, Vol. 24, no 3, 291-300 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two assumptions associated with the burgeoning field of cultural studies—the indeterminacy of meaning and the strategic play of power determining the limits of knowledge—are often pre- scribed as antidotes to the delusions of religion and scientific realism. We need not wholeheart- edly subscribe to this epistemic relativism to acknowledge that similar assumptions could also apply to situations that are overtly framed and staged within culture so as to invite momentary participation. Despite the occasional insistence on unconditional faith and adherence, this seems especially true of religious behaviour. In demonstrating how such assumptions can be produc- tively redescribed as focal concerns of religious participation, this paper endeavors to remove religion from some of the dichotomous sets (e.g., belief/disbelief, rationality/irrationality, obliga- tion/freedom, agency/chance) in which it often gets entangled. 

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2012. Vol. 24, no 3, 291-300 p.
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apparatus, divination, indeterminacy, suspension of disbelief, suspension of judgement
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History of Religions
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History of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78528DOI: 10.1163/157006812X638274ISI: 000306586000005OAI: diva2:541072
Available from: 2012-07-13 Created: 2012-07-13 Last updated: 2013-03-22Bibliographically approved

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