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Association for the Sociology of Religion Call For Papers: San Francisco, Aug 13-15, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS ASSOCIATION FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 76th Annual Meeting:  RELIGION AS A SOCIAL FORCE San Francisco, CA, August 13-15, 2014 J.W. Marriott Union Square DEADLINES:  Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2014 (submit to the ASR Program … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas, Affect, and the Closet of Disbelief: Postsecular Atheisms, Part 1

by Donovan Schaefer Atheist interfaith activist and author of the memoir Faitheist Chris Stedman appeared two weeks ago on Fox News for an interview with right-wing commentator Bill O’Reilly.  O’Reilly’s topic was the “War on Christmas,” an annual theme of … Continue reading

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Our Peculiar Institution: American Protestantism, Shame, and McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (film review essay)

by Donovan Schaefer Warning: Spoilers but you kind of already know what happens Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is mandatory viewing for Americans, unblinkingly revisiting a crucial and painful chapter in US history and helping to flesh out the … Continue reading

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Shelter in Place: How to Talk about the Alleged Boston Marathon Bombers?

by Donovan Schaefer White.  Foreign.  Muslim.  Young.  Traumatized.  Conservative.  Isolated?  Americanized. The Tsarnaev brothers, believed by law enforcement to have been responsible for last Monday’s bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, fit poorly into existing media scripts about the perpetrators … Continue reading

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Commands of the Blood

By Kate Daley-Bailey At the subconscious level, whether in cult or in life, man obeys the commands of the blood, as if in dreams or, according to natural insight, as a happy expression describes this harmony between nature and culture. … Continue reading

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Priming Students for Seeing White Privilege

Here’s a trick I use—which seems to work—in order to prime students to be predisposed to looking for rather than dismissing white privilege when I talk about race in my REL 101 course. I introduce the topic by pointing out … Continue reading

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White Privilege in Higher Ed

By Craig Martin Yesterday I was walking down the hall past the two main computer labs at my college. One lab is open to all students; the second is set aside for graphic design majors. When I walked by I … Continue reading

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