Reviews

Miller and her contributing authors remind us that concepts such as "identity," "culture," and "religion," are anything but self-evident. Rather than tangible material entities, they are ghosts given form by the writer's desires.
Sean McCloud, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion tackles some of the most formidable questions relating to the discursive construction of identity that scholars and students struggle to negotiate. Whether you find yourself nodding in agreement with these essays, or eagerly searching for weaknesses in their arguments, the book provides an accessible and invaluable entryway into theoretical challenges religious studies scholars face when making identity claims and points toward fruitful methods of dealing with questions of classification. This is a "must read" for anyone interested in identity formation.
Craig Prentiss, Professor of Religious Studies, Rockhurst University, Missouri

When religion, culture, society, identity, and other such concepts are destabilized and revealed to be dynamic, manufactured constructs, what is the academic study of religion to do? One answer, as represented by the essays in this provocative volume, is to turn to the study of processes of classification. The studies of strategies of identification contained within exemplify recent attempts to rethink the study of religion as the reflexive examination of “battles for capital and positions".
Richard J. Callahan, Jr., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Missouri

This book undoubtedly… has merit as a classroom text, whether at the graduate or undergraduate level.
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The following three-part series provides a first-hand account of one stop on Jordan Peterson's recent 45-city tour promoting his bestselling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, with popular political commentator Dave Rubin. In part one I provide some background on the Peterson [...]

Fri, Oct 05, 2018
Source: Culture on the Edge

By Matt Sheedy

The following three-part series provides a first-hand account of one stop on Jordan Peterson's recent 45-city tour promoting his bestselling book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, with popular political commentator Dave Rubin. In part one I provide some background on [...]

Wed, Oct 03, 2018
Source: Culture on the Edge

By Matt Sheedy

Hmmm, perhaps a better title would have been, “That time I saw Jordan Peterson go ‘full beast mode'” … no wait, “Six times JP destroyed Marx and the radical left!” I can't decide which one is more click-baity? At any rate, I've made my choice and it's [...]

Mon, Oct 01, 2018
Source: Culture on the Edge